Troy Gentry, one-half of popular country duo Montgomery Gentry, was killed in a helicopter crash Friday just hours before a concert, according to Average Joes Entertainment, Montgomery Gentry’s label. He was 50.
Gentry, who played guitar, was one of the headliners at the first Tequila Bay Country Music Festival on the grounds of Miami Marine Stadium on Sept. 3. The concert, which also featured Kip Moore and Bradley Gilbert, was reportedly the first major country music festival to be held in Miami-Dade.
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According to the Associated Press, the Federal Aviation Administration said the helicopter crashed into a wooded area near the Flying W Airport in Medford, New Jersey, hours before Montgomery Gentry was due to perform at a resort that is also housed at the airport.
Average Joes’ CEO/President Shannon Houchins, and label co-founder and country artist Colt Ford, released statements Saturday.
“I am heartbroken at the loss of Troy,” said Ford. “He was truly a gifted artist and fine human being, and I’m proud I could call him my friend. His impact on country music will not be forgotten.”
Added Houchins: “I, along with everyone here at Average Joes, am devastated by the news of Troy’s passing. Personally, there are no words to express the sadness I feel for Troy’s family and for Eddie Montgomery. Troy was an exceptional talent, an exceptional person and a good friend. We will all miss him greatly.”
Montgomery Gentry recently wrapped recording a new album for the label.
On Friday, the label released a brief statement: “Troy Gentry’s family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time.”
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