The country music world lost two major stars today. Just hours after Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams passed after a brief illness, a helicopter crash claimed the life of Troy Gentry of the country duo Montgomery Gentry.
Gentry was reportedly flying into Medford, New Jersey for a concert at a resort when the helicopter reported problem. It went down a short while later in a wooded area, killing both Gentry and an unidentified pilot.
Gentry reportedly survived the initial crash, but died a short time after.
Here is the Facebook post from the Montgomery Gentry Facebook page, announcing his passing.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the helicopter crashed into a wooded area near the Flying W Airport in Medford hours before Montgomery Gentry was due to perform at a resort that is also housed at the airport.
The airport announced the cancellation of the gig Friday afternoon.
Medford Township Police Chief Richard Meder told NJ.com that police got a call about a helicopter “that was distressed” around 1 p.m. He said crews were able to remove the passenger from the wreckage, but he died on the way to a hospital.
The pilot died at the scene and crews were working to remove his body, Meder said. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Gentry was the pilot or the passenger.
Gentry was born on April 5, 1967, in Lexington, Kentucky, where he met bandmate Eddie Montgomery and formed a group based off their last names. The duo had success on the country charts, scoring five No. 1 hits. The band was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009.
The duo is best known for their singles “My Town,” “Daddy Won’t Sell The Farm” and “Gone.”
Here is a video of their hit, “My Town.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gentry family and with the extended Montgomery Gentry family.