Singer Irish Grinstead, a member of the R&B girl group 702, has died at the age of 43. The news was announced on the group’s official Twitter page on Sunday.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved sister, Irish Grinstead. Irish was an amazing person who brought joy, laughter and love to everyone she came in contact with. Her smile was infectious and her spirit was free.”
702 was formed in 1994 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Irish Grinstead was an original member of the group along with Kameelah Williams, LeMisha Grinstead, and Irish’s twin sister, Orish Grinstead. Sadly, Orish passed away in 2008 at the age of 27 from kidney failure while battling cancer. The group started off as a quartet then transitioned to a trio, but all members vocals were heard on their albums.
The group scored hits in the ’90s with songs such as “Steelo,” “Where My Girls At,” and “Get It Together.” They released four studio albums between 1996 and 2003, the last of which was a greatest hits collection. Their biggest hit was “Where My Girls At,” which reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The group had been inactive since 2003, but reunited in 2017 for a performance on the television show “The Real.”
A cause of death was not given for Grinstead. The group asked for privacy in their statement.
“We ask that you please respect our privacy and the privacy of her family during these difficult times.”
Grinstead’s passing has been met with an outpouring of grief and condolences on social media, with fans expressing their shock and sadness at the news.
The members of 702 have left an indelible mark on R&B music, and Grinstead will be remembered for her powerful voice and unique style.