Founding Member Of R&B Group 702 Dead At 27

Orish Grinstead, one of the founding members of the R&B group 702, died this week of kidney failure, BET reported.

Grinstead, 27, suffered from cancer and other undisclosed ailments and was expected not to recover, the website reported.

She died on April 20.

Grinstead formed the group with her twin sister, Irish, their older sister, Lameisha, and friend Kameelah Williams during the mid-1990s. She left the group to pursue a solo career, while the remaining members found success with such hits as “Steelo,” “Get It Together,” and “We’re My Girls At.”

The group has sold more than 500,000 music units worldwide.

Williams left the group twice to pursue a solo career, with Grinstead rejoining the group in her place. She also filled in when members were on temporary leaves, include her older sister when Lameisha was pregnant with her son in 1999.

The group was discovered by Sinbad, who used his influence to get the group into a popular talent show in Atlanta. It was at the talent show that the group met singer Michael Bivens, member of New Edition and Bell Biv Devoe and manager of Boyz II Men, who became their manager and suggested their name as a homage to the area code for their hometown of Las Vegas.

Damn, R.I.P., I was a huge 702 fan, it’s so sad to see all the bad luck that has followed the girls throughout the years… I hope the family is coping well.

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~ by redspyda on April 26, 2008.

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