by Matt Bishop | September 8, 2017
(CFM) Country music star Troy Gentry died Friday in a tragic helicopter crash. He was 50 years old. One half of the hit duo Montgomery Gentry, Troy was on his way to a show at the Flying Airport & Resort in Medford, NJ . Gentry died from his injuries after being taken to Virtua Hospital in nearby Marlton, NJ.
“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 1:00pm today in Medford, New Jersey,” the band posted on their official Twitter account on Friday afternoon.
Montgomery Gentry released their debut album Tattoos & Scars in 1999. In 2000, the band won Top New Vocal Duo at the Academy of Country Music Awards and Duo of the Year at the CMA Awards. In 2009, the were inducted into he Grand Ole Opry.
Throughout their career, the band scored five #1 hits – “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Something to Be Proud Of,” “Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All,” and “Roll with Me.” Three of their studio albums – Tattoos & Scars, My Town, and You Do Your Thing have all been certified platinum by the RIAA.
Fellow country stars Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett are performing tonight in nearby Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park and The Fillmore respectively.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Troy, his wife Angie, his daughters Kaylee and Taylor, Eddie Montgomery, and the rest of his friends, family, management, and crew.