Irish Grinstead, 702 Group Member, Dead at 43

Irish Grinstead, 702 Group Member, Dead at 43

“She has had a long battle and she is finally at peace.”

Irish Grinstead and Kameelah Williams of 702

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Irish Grinstead, a member of R&B girl group 702, has died. She was 43 years old.

LeMisha Grinstead, Irish’s sister and fellow 702 member, revealed the news with an Instagram post Saturday (Sept. 16). “It is with great sadness that I have to let you know that my beautiful sister and friend has passed away this evening.”

She went on, “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. Love always, Misha.”

Fellow member Kameelah Williams also took to the social media platform to express her grief.

“Devastated & heartbroken. I struggled with this post because to me this isn’t real,” the singer began. “There’s a lot I want to say, but there’s no way to say what your heart hasn’t fully accepted. It’s hard to acknowledge this is even happening. I know you’re feeling better now and hugging your twin Orish which makes me smile, cus I know how much you missed her.

“You & I have known each other since we were kids and we’ve laughed, cried, celebrated, and everything in between which is why I just don’t want to believe this,” she went on. “You’ll always be my ‘IBG’ & I still love you my forever lil sis!!! Rest easy.”

LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 05: (L-R) Kameelah Williams, LeMisha Grinstead and Irish Grinstead of 702 attend the 2017 Soul Train Music Awards at the Orleans Arena on November 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic,)

Both Kameelah and LeMisha were offered condolences by their fans and peers, including Missy Elliott, who wrote, “Prayers for you and Misha and the rest of Irish family for strength during this time.”

Xscape member Tiny Harris offered, “Man I’m so sorry for your loss…this really hit home!! May her soul RIP,” while SWV’s LeLee Lyons shared her own post in honor of the R&B songstress.

“Words can’t express how this feels. Sending My condolences to this family, and everyone who loved Irish and was a part of her journey. @corytaylorva@itsmeelah @lemisha_the_gemini I pray you guys find peace and understanding at this time. What an unexpected pain!”

702 is known for classic R&B records including “All I Want”, “Steelo,” “Get It Together”, the Pharrell Williams-produced “I Still Love You” and more.

VIBE sends our condolences to Kameelah Williams, LeMisha Grinstead, the Grinstead family and all who are affected by the passing of Irish Grinstead.

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