Country music singer Troy Gentry has died after a helicopter crashed before a show in southern New Jersey
“It is with great sadness that we confirm Troy Gentry, half of the popular country duo Montgomery Gentry, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash which took place at approximately 1:00 pm today in Medford, New Jersey,” the band posted on Twitter Friday afternoon.
It was not immediately known what caused the crash, with the only partly cloudy weather forecast.
The 50-year-old Gentry and his musical partner Eddie Montgomery formed their group in the late 1990s, and have repeatedly been nominated for awards by the Country Music Association after hits such as “My Town.”
Montgomery Gentry’s concert at the Flying W Airport was canceled about an hour after the crash before news of Gentry’s death broke.
Montgomery was not on the helicopter, according to WLEX in Gentry’s hometown of Lexington, Ky.
Born: April 5, 1967, Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Died: September 8, 2017, Medford Township, New Jersey, United States
Spouse: Angie Gentry (m. 1999–2017)
Children: Kaylee Gentry, Taylor Gentry