Irish Grinstead dead at 43: 702 member dies 15 years after twin's kidney failure as family share heartbreaking tribute | The Sun
R&B singer and 702 member Irish Grinstead has died at age 43, her family announced.
Irish was a member of the girl group 702, which was named after the area code of their hometown of Los Vegas, Nevada.
Irish's death was announced by her sister and fellow group member, Lemisha Grinstead, in an Instagram post Saturday.
“It is with great sadness that I have to let you know that my beautiful sister and friend has passed away this evening,” the post read.
“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."
Lemisha shared a second heartbreaking photo of her sister on Sunday, writing, "Me and my lil sister!!"
A cause of death was not immediately revealed.
The singer's death comes just months after the group announced in December that Irish would be taking a "medical leave of absence due to serious medical issues," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Irish is not the first member of 702 to sadly pass away, as her twin-sister Orish Grinstead died of kidney failure in 2008 at the age of 27.
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Orish was one of the original members of the girl group, along with Irish, Lemisha and singer Amelia Childs.
Since it was first formed in the 1990s, the group went under multiple reconfigurations with the group members before officially disbanding in 2006.
At the height of their career, 702 was most well known for their songs like Stello, Where My Girls At, and Pootie Tangin.
The group was nominated for many awards across multiple different award shows including the BET Awards and American Music Awards.
Specifically, 702 was nominated for Best Female Group at the 2001 BET Awards and Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist at the American Music Awards in 2000.
In 1997, the girl group won Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards for their debut album No Doubt.
In May 2021, Irish and Lemisha reunited when they joined BET's The Encore series as cast members.
The sisters appeared in seven episodes.
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Irish was born on June 2, 1980.
Outside of music, she also appeared in several acting roles, starring in The Brewster Project and Tiffany the Doll.
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