By Alexis Benveniste
September 8, 2017 | 4:08pm | Updated
Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry killed in helicopter crash
Country star Troy Gentry died in a New Jersey helicopter crash on Friday at the age of 50.
“It is with great sadness that we confirm that Troy Gentry, half of the popular country duo, Montgomery Gentry, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash which took place at approximately 1:00pm today in Medford, New Jersey,” the band’s reps said in a statement on Friday.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the helicopter crashed into a wooded area Friday afternoon near the Flying W Airport in Medford. The band’s statement said that “details of the crash are unknown.”
The airport also houses a resort and was scheduled to host a concert by the duo on Friday evening. The venue announced the cancellation of the gig Friday afternoon.
The pilot of the helicopter also died.
Gentry leaves behind two daughters with his wife of nearly 20 years, Angie.
“Gentry’s family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers and asks for privacy at this time,” the band’s statement noted.
Condolences have started to pour in on social media. Sheryl Crow wrote on Twitter, “So sad to hear the news of Troy Gentry. My prayers are with his family and friends.”
Country star Jason Aldean also paid his respects on Twitter, saying, “Shocked to hear the news about Troy Gentry today. When I was coming up as a new artist, he and Eddie were always extremely cool and supportive of me and my career and I will always have nothing but respect for those guys. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans. RIP T-Roy.”
Kentucky natives Gentry and Eddie Montgomery started Montgomery Gentry in the ’90s. Their biggest hits include “That’s Something to Be Proud Of” and “Where I Come From.”