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Irish Grinstead, Founding Member of R&B Group 702, Passes Away at 43

It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Irish Grinstead, one of the founding members of the platinum-selling R&B group 702. Irish’s death was confirmed by her older sister LeMisha Grinstead-Fields, who is also a member of 702, in a heartfelt social media post.

LeMisha shared on Instagram: “It is with great sadness that I have to let you know that my beautiful sister and friend has passed away. 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.”

In late 2022, it was announced on 702’s official Instagram page that Irish would be taking a medical leave of absence due to “serious medical issues.” The group hoped for her healthy and speedy recovery during this time.

Irish’s untimely passing comes 15 years after the loss of her twin sister, Orish, who was an original member of 702. Orish tragically passed away at the age of 27 due to kidney failure.

702, originally a quartet, gained recognition in 1995 for their duet with Subway titled “This Lil’ Game We Play.” Michael Bivins, a founding member of New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe, who discovered both Subway and 702, released the duet on his label Biv 10.

In 1996, as a trio, 702 released their debut album “No Doubt,” which included hits like “Steelo” and “Get it Together.” The album went gold, and 702 became the first all-female R&B group to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.

Their 1999 self-titled album, featuring the empowering anthem “Where My Girls At?” co-written and co-produced by Missy Elliott, became their most successful, achieving platinum status with over one million units sold.

702’s music made a lasting impact, and Irish’s contribution to the group’s legacy will be remembered and cherished by fans and the music industry. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones during this difficult time.

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