Irish Grinstead, a former member of the beloved 1990s girl group 702, has tragically passed away, as confirmed by Media Take Out. Irish had been battling an undisclosed medical condition for some time, and her family has chosen to keep the details private. Despite her determined fight against the illness, she ultimately succumbed to it.
Lemisha, another member of 702, shared the heartbreaking news of Irish’s passing on Instagram. In her heartfelt post, she wrote:
“It is with great sadness that I have to let you know that my beautiful sister and friend has passed away this evening. 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.”
702 was a prominent girl group, with its most recognized lineup including Kameelah Williams, LeMisha Grinstead, and Irish Grinstead until her unfortunate passing.
Originally, the group consisted of the Grinstead sisters, which featured identical twins Irish and Orish (born June 2, 1980, in Houston, Texas), their older sister LeMisha (born June 10, 1978, in Houston, Texas), and Amelia Childs. They made their debut as featured artists on Subway’s hit single “This Lil’ Game We Play.” However, Amelia and Orish were eventually removed from the group due to Mike Bivins’ preference for their voices. They were briefly replaced by classmates Tiffany Villarreal and Kameelah Williams (born March 8, 1978, in Las Vegas, Nevada). Tiffany left the group six months before their debut single “Steelo” achieved significant success.