Troy Gentry, half of country music duo Montgomery Gentry, died Friday afternoon in a helicopter crash. Gentry, 50, and one other person, presumably the pilot of the craft, were headed to Medford, New Jersey, where Montgomery Gentry was scheduled to perform at the Flying W Airport and Resort on Friday night. News of the helicopter crash preceded a show cancellation announcement, but it was not immediately revealed that Gentry had been killed in the crash. Once news broke, condolences spread across twitter from fellow country artists, radio personalities, and fans alike.
Montgomery Gentry rocketed to country music stardom in the late 90s and early 2000s with hits like My Town, Hillbilly Shoes, and Daddy Won’t Sell The Farm. The duo recorded six studio albums for Columbia Records Nashville, which produced several number one and top ten hits, and both the ACM and CMA’s named them Duo of the Year in 2000.
Representatives for Montgomery Gentry posted a message on Facebook, Twitter, and the duo’s official website this afternoon.
— Montgomery Gentry (@mgunderground) September 8, 2017
Gentry is survived by his wife, Angie, whom he married in 1999 and two daughters, Kaylee and Taylor.