Irish Grinstead of Iconic 702 Group Passes Away at 43

Music world mourns a luminous talent gone too soon

by Nouman Rasool
Irish Grinstead of Iconic 702 Group Passes Away at 43
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In an emotional revelation that has deeply moved the music community, Irish Grinstead, esteemed member of the famed R&B ensemble 702 and lead voice behind the iconic song "Where My Girls At?", has left us at the age of 43.

The heartbreaking news was conveyed to the world by Lemisha Grinstead, Irish’s sister and fellow group member. On Instagram, she shared an intimate photo of her beloved sister, stating, "It is with profound sorrow that I bring forward the passing of my wonderful sister and confidante this evening.

She has been fighting courageously, and now she’s found her peace."

Lemisha Reflects on Irish

Elaborating on their cherished memories, Lemisha added, "Irish's radiance was unmatched. She possessed an innate beauty both inside and out.

Every performance with her was a moment I'll treasure eternally. We, as a family, humbly request prayers and utmost respect for our privacy during this challenging period." Irish’s unfortunate exit came following her decision in December 2022 to pause her musical journey due to critical health concerns.

A haunting reminder of a similar tragedy, the Grinstead family had previously lost Orish Grinstead, Irish's twin and a foundational 702 member, at the age of 27 in 2008 due to renal failure. Hailing from Las Vegas, the Grinstead sisters, alongside Kameelah Williams, gave life to 702, christening their group after their home's area code.

Their groundbreaking debut, "No Doubt" (1996), was embraced warmly. However, it was their eponymous follow-up album that earned them mainstream acclaim. Their standout single "Where My Girls At?" reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Despite their success, the group chose to part ways in the mid-2000s but made a heartfelt reunion in 2017. Missy Elliott, a frequent collaborator and friend, joined the chorus of voices mourning Irish’s passing. "A myriad of prayers ascend for the Grinstead family.

May your soul, Irish, rest in divine serenity," she conveyed. Equally heart-wrenching was Williams' tribute on Instagram, "The weight of this news is unbearable. There are so many emotions, but words seem inadequate. Reuniting with your twin, Orish, offers some solace. Our history, our moments, they're irreplaceable. Rest in peace, dear Irish."