County music singer Troy Gentry, 50, died in a helicopter crash in New Jersey Friday evening. Gentry, one-half of the award-winning country music duo Montgomery Gentry, died only hours before the band was scheduled to play. The band acknowledged the death on Twitter but had few details to share regarding the accident.
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Few details are known about the cause of the helicopter crash, but local authorities indicate that the crash took place in a wooded area as the plane approached Flying W Airport in Medford. The duo was expected at a resort located near the airport.
The Gentry family thanked their fans for their prayers and asked for privacy during such a trying time. “Troy Gentry’s family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time.”
Authorities responded to a distress signal at 1 pm, according to Joel Bewley, a spokesman for the Burlington County prosecutor’s office. Authorities were able to retrieve Gentry and the pilot, both of whom died in transit to the hospital.
The National Transportation Safety Board did not comment on the crash as it is still an active investigation.
According to the Daily Mail, Gentry was born on April 5, 1967, in Lexington, Kentucky. He and fellow band member Eddie Montgomery formed the band shortly after meeting one another.
The group released their debut album “Tattoos & Scars,” which combined country and southern rock in 1991. The duo had moderate success in the early 2000s with hit songs such as “Roll With Me,” ”Back When I Knew It All,” ”Lucky Man,” ”Something to Be Proud Of” and “If You Ever Stop Loving Me.”
Gentry is survived by his wife of almost 20 years and their two kids. Grammy songwriter Travis Tritt remembered his fellow artist in a heartfelt social media post.
“I’m in total shock and disbelief over the news that my friend Troy Gentry was just killed in a helicopter crash!!! I just saw him days ago!”
Fans of the band are sure to miss this country duo.