Published Sep 08, 2017Troy Gentry — one half of the award-winning country duo Montgomery Gentry — died today (September 8) in a helicopter crash only hours before he was set to play a concert. The news came via the band themselves on their website. Gentry was 50.
The message from the duo reads:
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 duo was scheduled to perform tonight at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford. Troy Gentry was 50 years old.
Details of the crash are unknown.
Troy Gentry's family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the helicopter crashed into a wooded area near the Flying W Airport in Medford, NJ, just hours before Montgomery Gentry was due to perform at a resort at the airport. The concert was quickly cancelled following the news.
Gentry reportedly died on his way to the hospital, while the pilot died at the scene.
Over the years, Montgomery Gentry have scored a series of No. 1 hits and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009.