When Troy Gentry died earlier this year in a helicopter crash, the event shook country music to its core. Eddie Montgomery, Gentry’s duo partner, joined Rascal Flatts and Dierks Bentley at the CMA’s to sing a touching tribute song called “My Town” to honor the late singer. By the end of the song, there wasn’t a dry eye in the venue.
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The tribute song, which was was one of Montgomery Gentry’s hits, was the first performance by Eddie Montgomery since the passing of Gentry months prior. Gentry left behind a wife Angie, and two daughters Kaylee and Taylor.
Before Troy’s death, he’d promised to take his daughter Kaylee to her first award show. Even after her dad died, his wife Angie wanted to keep the promise her husband had made, keeping his memory alive for her children.
Angie escorted Kaylee down the red carpet at the event. During the surprise tribute, pictures of Troy throughout his life were shown behind the bands. The camera panned to the audience where many of those in the crowd were wiping away tears.
Hours before Montgomery was to play his tribute to Troy, he took to Twitter to promote the last album him and Troy recorded before his death.
“Hey Guys. I know it’s been a while but it has been a very emotional time, but you will be hearing from soon,” he wrote. “Our new music is coming out and I hope you’ll give it a listen. Me and T-Roy were very proud of this new cd.”
On Sept. 8, Troy died in a helicopter crash outside of an airport near New Jersey. An investigation concluded that there was an engine malfunction that lead to the helicopter crashing.
The band confirmed the death on Twitter hours before they were scheduled to play a show.
“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.”
Troy Gentry may be gone, but he is not forgotten by his friends in country music.
— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) November 9, 2017