Troy Gentry of the popular duo Montgomery Gentry, passed away last week in a helicopter crash. He was 50. Gentry leaves behind a loving family,numerous fans and countless hits. At the time of the accident, Gentry’s family shared the news via Twitter.
“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 1:00 PM 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.”
Immediately following the crash, there was much confusion regarding the cause of it. However, as the investigation continued, more information became available. Apparently, the helicopter pilot began experiencing problems with his engine and had to perform an emergency landing.
The pilot was able to hover in the air for several minutes while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive. Sadly, after attempting the emergency landing, both the pilot and Gentry died from their injuries. The pilot died on the scene, and Gentry died later at a hospital.
Naturally, it didn’t take long for country music stars to begin expressing their grief over this great loss. Stars like Blake Shelton, Big and Rich, Sheryl Crow and many others took to Twitter to share memories of the star and to offer their prayers for the family.
Funeral plans are now in the works for the country music star. His family wants to allow fans to show their support for him, so a public memorial will be held. It will take place on Thursday, Sept. 14, and the Grand Ole Opry will host the ceremony.
Troy Gentry joined up with Eddie Montgomery in the 1990s to form Montgomery Gentry. The pair is responsible for many huge country hits, like “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Gone,” to name just a few.
The pair has been nominated for over 20 awards and were members of the Grand Ole Opry.