We have heartbreaking news to share with you today, I Love Old School Music family. The music industry has just suffered a tragic loss with the passing of singer, Irish Grinstead, one of the founding members of the 90s/2000s R&B group, 702. Her untimely departure has 702 left fans and fellow musicians in shock and mourning.
Lemisha’s Sister/702 Member Gives Details Of Her Passing
Irish’s older sister and fellow 702 member, LeMisha, confirmed the singer’s unexpected 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,” Lemisha wrote Saturday, September 16, 2023. “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.”
She continued, “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.”
Although an official cause of Irish’s death has not yet been released, The Hollywood Reporter mentioned that in December 2022, 702 announced that Irish was taking a “medical leave of absence due to serious medical issues.”
Personal Challenges and Triumphs
Irish Grinstead’s career was not without its challenges.
In the early 1990s, 702 signed with Mike Bivins’ Biv 10 Records. Irish’s, along with her sisters’ singing styles, proved to be the perfect formula for success. The group’s name, 702, paid homage to their hometown area code in Las Vegas. But sadly, in the early 2000s, the group faced a tragic loss with the passing of her sister, Orish, due to kidney failure. This heartbreaking experience underscored the importance of family and solidarity for Irish and LeMisha, who continued to perform as 702, eventually adding singer, Kameelah “Meelah” Williams, to complete their trio.
A Legacy of Hits
Irish Grinstead’s contribution to 702’s success continued with their sophomore album, “702” (1999), which included chart-topping hits like “Where My Girls At?” and “You Don’t Know.” These songs became anthems of the late ‘90s, with Irish’s voice becoming synonymous with the group’s signature sound.
Beyond the group’s commercial success, Irish and her sisters were known for their empowering lyrics and positive messages in their music, inspiring a generation of young women.
A Farewell To A Beautiful Soul
The news of Irish Grinstead’s passing has sent shockwaves throughout the music industry and among fans worldwide.
Irish’s untimely death serves as a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing the moments we have. Her legacy lives on through the music she created, which continues to be celebrated and enjoyed by fans old and new. Sending uplifting energy to her family and loved ones at this time. Irish Grinstead, rest well queen.