Irish Grinstead, a member of the girl group 702, known for hit songs such as ‘Where My Girls At’, has died, her sister announced on Saturday. She was 43.
Grinstead’s sister and groupmate, Lemisha Grinstead, announced the news
in an Instagram post.
“It is with great sadness that I have to let you know that my beautiful sister and friend passed away tonight,” she wrote. “She has had a long struggle and now she is finally at peace. That girl was as bright as the stars! She was not only beautiful on the outside, but also on the inside. Sharing the stage with her was a joy that I will cherish for the rest of my life! We, the family, ask for prayers and respect for our privacy as we mourn an extraordinary loss for our family.”
Although no cause of death was provided, the group announced in December that Irish was “taking a medical leave of absence due to serious medical issues.”
The group, which also included sisters Grinstead and Kameelah Williams, takes its name from the area code of their hometown of Las Vegas.
They released their debut album, Doubtless, in 1996, with singles including “Steelo”, which was also used as the theme song for the Nickelodeon TV series Cousin Skeeter. Three years later they released their second album, 702with the hit ‘Where My Girls At’.
While Williams was temporarily replaced by Cree La’More, they released their single “Pootie Tangin'” from the Chris Rock movie soundtrack. Pootie Tang, and then Williams returned to the group shortly after. Another album, Starfollowed, with the single ‘I Still Love You’.
The group took an eleven-year hiatus in 2006. In 2021, the Grinstead sisters appeared on the reality series BET presents: the encore, which followed nine former girl group members as they attempted to form a supergroup and make an album in 30 days.
During their career, 702 was nominated for an American Music Award, a BET Award and multiple Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, winning Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year by a Group, Band or Duo for Doubtless.