Sörjs av bland andra Missy Elliot och D-Nice.

Sångerskan Irish Grinstead från gruppen 702 har gått bort. Det var i lördags som tvillingsystern och gruppkollegan Orish meddelade dödsfallet via sociala medier.

“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”, skriver Orish Grinstead.

Kort efter beskedet skickade artistkollegor och fans sina kondoleanser och hyllade sångerskans karriär. Däribland D-Nice som skriver i ett inlägg:

“Sending an outpouring of love to the 702 family @itsmeelah and @lemisha_the_gemini. It breaks my heart to hear about the passing of Irish. The music you all created together is timeless and leaves an indelible mark on our hearts. In this difficult time, please know that my thoughts and sympathies are with each of you. May you find comfort in the beautiful memories you shared with Irish, and may her soul rest in eternal peace. Sending you all my love and support.”

Även Missy Elliot, som samarbetade med gruppen, har uttalat sig.

“Multitude of Prayers for your family [praying hands emoji]”, skriver rapparen.

1996 släppte tjejgruppen, som tog sitt namn efter Las Vegas postnummer, deras debutalbum “No Doubt” som bland annat innehöll låten “Steelo”. Tre år senare följde man upp med sitt andra album “702” där hitlåten “Where My Girls At” fanns med.

Genom karriären nominerade 702 till en American Music Award, en BET Award och flera Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, där de bland annat vunnit Best R&B/Soul Album.

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