BREAKING: Country Music LEGEND Dead After Helicopter Crash In This State… This Is SO Horrible


Country superstar, Troy Gentry, best known as part of the country music duo ‘Montgomery Gentry’, was killed in a helicopter crash in New Jersey Friday.

Another person also died in the crash. Investigators said Gentry and the other person were the only two people on board.


His death was confirmed in a tweet from the band at 3:58 p.m.

“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.

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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, Fox News reports.


“A Schweitzer 269 helicopter crashed in a wooded area off the end of Runway 1 at the Flying W Airport in Lumberton, NJ at approximately 1:30 pm today,” the agency said in a statement. “The National Transportation Safety Board also will investigate and will determine probable cause.”

The airport announced the cancellation of the gig Friday afternoon.

Medford Township Police Chief Richard Meder told 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.

Witnesses saw that the helicopter “appeared to be faltering and having difficulty” as it approached the airport to land, Burlington County Prosecutor’s spokesman Joel Bewley told the Daily News.

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.

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 and Academy of Country Music after hits such as “Lucky Man.”

Montgomery Gentry’s concert at the Flying W Airport was cancelled 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.

Others in the music world expressed their condolences to Gentry’s loved ones.

“We are absolutely heartbroken over the passing of #Opry Member Troy Gentry. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” the Grand Ole Opry, a country institution, posted on Twitter.

“Shocked and saddened by the sudden, tragic loss of Troy today. He was a friend and a good man. Prayers go out to his precious family,” Rascal Flatts posted on Twitter.

The duo is best known for their singles “My Town,” “Daddy Won’t Sell The Farm” and “Gone.”

Troy Gentry’s family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time.


Rest in peace my brother.

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