Missy Elliot, Tiny, Trina Braxton & More Speak Out Following The Passing Of 702 Vocalist Irish Grinstead: ‘This Really Hit Home’

Missy Elliot, Tiny, Trina Braxton & More Speak Out Following The Passing Of 702 Vocalist Irish Grinstead: ‘This Really Hit Home’

Music industry stars are sending their condolences to popular 90s girl group 702 after the death of one of its members. 

On Sunday (Sept. 17) news broke that Irish Grinstead passed away at the age of 43. As you may already know, the singer was a part of 702. The girl group produced many hits in the late 90s/early 2000s, such as “Steelo,” Get It Together,” and “Where My Girls At.”

Lemisha Grinstead, Irish’s sister and bandmate, revealed the tragic news in a post on social media. Lemisha Grinstead shared:

“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.”


A cause of death has not been announced at this time, however, Irish Grinstead stepped away from touring with her group in December due to “serious medical issues.” 

Irish’s twin sister and original group member Orish Grinstead died at age 27 from kidney failure in 2008. Kameelah Williams, who was also a voice in the group, made a post acknowledging the two late singers over the weekend. She expressed:

“Devastated & heartbroken — I struggled with this post because to me this isn’t real. — 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. You’ll always be my “IBG” & I still love you my forever lil sis!!! Rest easy #Irish.”


Other music artists have begun expressing their condolences. Fellow songstress TamekaTiny” Harris wrote:

“Man I’m so sorry for your loss…this really hit home!! May her soul RIP.”

Rap icon Missy Elliot shared a comment that stated:

“Prayers for you and Misha and the rest of Irish family for strength during this time.”


See More encouraging words others left below:

702 was named after the Las Vegas area code and released their debut album “No Doubt” in 1996.  The group went on to release two more albums in 1999 and 2003. 

theJasmineBRAND sends out thoughts and prayers to the loved ones of Irish Grinstead during this difficult time. 


Authored by: Shayla Farrow