Country Music World Reacts To Death Of Troy Gentry

11 September, 2017, 16:33 | Author: Christian Benson
  • Country music loses 2: 'Gentle Giant' Don Williams and Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry

Another country star, Troy Gentry, also died on Friday in a helicopter crash, a death that has shocked country music artists and their fans.

"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", a press release from Average Joes Entertainment, Montgomery Gentry's record label, shared on Friday afternoon.

Troy Gentry, aged 50, was due to perform in Medford, New Jersey, on Friday evening.

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Pilots around the Flying W Airport in Medford tell TMZ that the pilot had options, though none of them were particularly viable.

Police got a call at around 1 p.m. of a helicopter that was in distress, said Joel Bewley, a spokesman for the Burlington County prosecutor's office.

Many prominent figures in country music scene took to Twitter to honor their friend. The goal of the helicopter trip is still unknown, and there is an ongoing investigation as to what caused the crash.

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The statement also included that Troy Gentry's family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, but asks for privacy at this time. The guitar and banjo playing Gentry died in a helicopter crash in Medford, New Jersey.

The band released eight albums between 1999 and 2015 and released 30 singles. "Something to Be Proud Of", written by Jeffrey Steele, Julian Williams and Chris Wallin, was Montgomery Gentry's fourth single from their You Do Your Thing album; it hit No. 1 on the charts in October of 2005. In a quote from their website,, Gentry said that giving their fans something that they could relate to was important to him. He is survived by wife, Angie, their daughter, Kaylee, as well as Taylor, his daughter from a previous marriage.

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