Irish Grinstead was a founding member of 90s R&B girl group, 702. She died aged 43 in 2023. Was she married with children before her death?
Irish Grinstead was a successful American musician.
She was an R&B artist and a member of the girl-group 702, which was named after the area code of their hometown of Los Vegas, Nevada.
On Saturday, September 16, 2023, the world learned about her passing as many fans and loved ones flooded social media with tributes.
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.
Following her death, which marks the second member who have died in the group, many want to know who her bereaved family are. Here’s everything we know.
Who was Irish Grinstead, 702 member?
Born on June 2, 1980, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Irish Grinstead was a singer who rose to prominence when she entered the music scene as a member of R&B girl group 702.
The band was originally composed of the Grinstead sisters, including Irish and her identical twin Orish, their older sister Lemisha, and Amelia Childs.
The group was known for their hit songs Where My Girls At? and Get It Together.
Outside of music, Irish also dabbled in acting projects, having starred in The Brewster Project and Tiffany the Doll.
Was Irish Grinstead married?
Before Irish Grinstead passed aged 43, she was not known to have been married and hence she had no husband or spouse.
Despite her stardom, she guarded her personal life and attempted to keep it private. In facts, she was publicly assumed to be single.
However, she was believed to have been in two celebrity relationships. Irish is also said to have dated Ray J who is an American singer, actor, and television personality. Their relationship ended in 2000.
She has been romantically linked with Marques Houston. Marques is an American R&B singer and actor. According to sources, Irish and Marques were involved in a relationship. They dated until January 24, 2005, when they spilt.
Did Irish Grinstead have any children?
Irish Grinstead was private with her love life and personal life and hence, it was hard for fans and admirers to know if she was a mother or not.
At the moment, no reports suggest she had a son or daughter.
What happened to Irish Grinstead’s twin sister, Orish Grinstead?
Irish’s twin sister Orish Grinstead died on April 20, 2008 at the age of 27.
According to reports, she passed away due to kidney failure, which was brought about by her cancer diagnosis.
She also reportedly had several undisclosed ailments and was not expected to make a recovery.
Her friends described her as a “good person, sweet, sincere, humble and full of life.”
Who are the members of 702 and when was it formed?
702 is a musical group formed in the 90s that was founded by three sister Orish, 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.