Tragic Loss of 702 Group Member Irish Grinstead at 43

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ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 05: Irish Grinstead, Meelah Williams, LaMisha Grinstead of 702 attend 2019 Black Music Honors - Arrivals at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on September 5, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)

Irish Grinstead, a member of the renowned female group 702, known for hits like “Where My Girls At,” passed away on Saturday, September 16, at the age of 43. Her sister, Lemisha Grinstead, confirmed the heartbreaking news.

Lemisha shared the sad announcement on her Instagram with a heartfelt caption: “It is with great sadness that I have to let you know that my beautiful sister and friend passed away this evening. She has had a long battle, and she is finally at peace. That girl was as bright as the stars! She was not only beautiful on the outside, but also within. Sharing the stage with her was a joy I will cherish for the rest of my life! We, the family, ask for prayers and respect for our privacy as we grieve an outstanding loss to our family.”

While the cause of Irish’s passing was not disclosed, it was reported in December 2023 that she had taken a “medical leave of absence due to serious medical issues.”

This tragic loss is not the first the Grinstead family has endured. Irish’s twin sister, Orish Grinstead, passed away at the age of 27 in 2008 due to kidney failure. According to BET, Irish had also been battling cancer and other undisclosed illnesses, from which recovery was not expected.

The members of 702 have once again been confronted with an untimely death. Irish Grinstead’s passing marks a significant loss, as the group had made an indelible mark in the music industry.

702, which bears the area code of their hometown, Las Vegas, Nevada, comprised Lemisha, Irish, Orish Grinstead, and lead singer Kamilah Williams. The group also included other members like Cree LaMore, Amelia Cruz, and Tiffany Villarreal at various points in their career.

Amelia and Orish were temporarily removed from the group due to a disagreement over their vocals with American singer and rapper Mike Bivins. Tiffany Villarreal and Kamilah Williams briefly stepped in as replacements, but Tiffany left the group six months before the release of their first single to pursue a solo career.

Following the release of their album “Where My Girls At?” and due to undisclosed issues with the record label, Kamilah Williams parted ways with the Grinstead sisters. She was subsequently replaced by Cree La’More, a solo artist personally selected by Irish and Lemisha to join the group.

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