Irish Grinstead, member of R&B girl group 702, dies at 43

14:08 18.09.2023 - NBC News

Irish Grinstead, a singer in the R&B girl group 702 best known for the 1999 hit "Where My Girls At," died on Saturday. She was 43.

Grinstead's sister and fellow 702 group member, LeMisha Grinstead, announced the news of her death on Instagram.

"It is with great sadness that I have to let you know that my beautiful sister and friend has passed away this evening," she wrote. "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 a cause of death was not provided, the R&B group announced in December that Irish was taking "a medical leave of absence due to serious medical issues."

Grinstead was born on June 2, 1980. Her identical twin sister Orish died from kidney failure in 2008 at age 27.

702, consisting of the Grinstead sisters and Kameelah Williams, was named after the area code of their hometown, Las Vegas.

The group released their debut album No Doubt in 1996, featuring a guest appearance by Missy Elliott on the single "Steelo." They released their second album 702 in 1999, which featured the hit song "Where My Girls At."

After releasing their final album Star in 2003, the group disbanded in 2006 and took an 11-year hiatus. In 2021, the Grinstead sisters appeared on "BET Presents: The Encore," a 10-episode reality series that follows nine former R&B girl group members and their attempts to create an album in 30 days by forming a supergroup.

702 was nominated for an American Music Award, a BET Award and several Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, winning best R&B/soul album of the year by a group, band or duo for No Doubt in 1997.

Williams paid tribute to Grinstead in an Instagram post, writing, "Devastated & heartbroken. I struggled with this post because to me this isn't real. There's a lot I want to say, but there's no way to say what your heart hasn't fully accepted. It's hard to acknowledge this is even happening. I know you're feeling better now and hugging your twin Orish which makes me smile cus I know how much you missed her. You & I have known each other since we were kids and we've laughed, cried, celebrated, and everything in between which is why I just don't want to believe this."

/ Monday, September 18, 2023, 2:08 PM /

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Irish Grinstead of girl group 702 dead at 43 after long battle'

Irish Grinstead of the girl group 702, known for their 1999 hit song "Where My Girls At?," died Saturday. ..... 

Grinstead's older sister, LeMisha, confirmed the singer's unexpected death on Instagram.


"Sharing the stage with her was a joy I will cherish for the rest of my life," continued the post. "We, the family ask for prayers and respect for our privacy as we grieve an outstanding loss to our family."


The Post reached out to LeMisha for comment.


She had a twin, Orish, who died on April 20, 2008, of kidney failure at 27.

702 - which got its name from the Las Vegas area code - was composed of the Grinstead sisters and Kameelah Williams.

The group released its debut album, "No Doubt," in 1996 featuring the song Steelo - the theme song to the hit Nickelodeon show "Cousin Skeeter."

Before disbanding in 2006, the group had been nominated for an American Music Award, a BET Award, and several Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards.

They won Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year - Group, Band or Duo for "No Doubt."

Since news broke of Grinstead's death, fans and fellow celebrities have been sharing their condolences online.

"Multitude of Prayers for your family," wrote rap icon Missy Elliott, 52.

"Sister I'm so sorry," wrote Tamar Braxton, 46.

"Saturday Night Live" cast member Kenan Thompson, 45, also commented that he was "so sorry to hear this news."

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