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Brad Paisley- “God bless you Troy Gentry. Heartbroken and in disbelief.”
Kelsea Ballerini= “Unreal. So so sad.”
Chris Young- “Just heard about Troy Gentry… I literally have no words. Have known him for years and played so many shows with him and Eddie… #prayers”
Shooter Jennings- “Troy Gentry was my friend. I had great times with him. I’m stunned, angry and upset at the moment. I’ll miss you.”
Sheryl Crow- “So sad to hear the news of Troy Gentry. My prayers are with his family and friends.”
Jana Kramer- “My heart breaks for the family and friends of Troy Gentry. I had the pleasure of playing shows with him and he was always so kind”
Dan + Shay- “RIP Troy Gentry. Absolutely tragic. Thoughts + prayers out to his family.”
Chase Bryant- “My heart goes out to the family and friends of Troy Gentry. We are all incredibly sorry to hear about your loss. Your music will live on!”
Travis Tritt- “So sad to hear that “Gentle Giant” Don Williams has died! What an incredible legacy of great music he leaves behind. May he RIP.”
MAREN MORRIS- “Horrible. My thoughts are with his family.”
Scotty McCreery- “Such a sad day for country music. Praying for the families of Troy Gentry and Don Williams. #RIP”
Lee Brice- “The world changed today. Country music lost both a Friend and a Hero. Troy Gentry and Don Williams, you both will be dearly missed.”
Jake Owen- “Sad day for country music. Troy Gentry and Don Williams have passed and that makes my heart hurt. Don was my hero and Troy was my friend”
Josh Turner- “I’m speechless. Pray with me for the family of Don Williams & especially the family of Troy Gentry. It’s a heavy day for country music.”
Randy Houser- Sad day in country music. RIP Don Williams and Troy Gentry. Prayers for your families.”
Little Big Town- “Devastated to hear the news. Troy, thank you for your kindness, your spirit, your joy and the love you shared with everyone you met.”
Kid Rock- “So terribly sad to hear of my friend Troy Gentry’s untimely passing.”
Justin Moore- “In shock. Thoughts and prayers to the family of a hero and a buddy.”
Luke Bryan- “Country music is at loss today. Our prayers are with the families of Don Williams & Troy Gentry. It’s a sad day.”
Darius Rucker- “So sad right now. My heart goes out to his whole family. Much love and prayers to the Montgomery Gentry family. Love ya T-Roy!!
Toby Keith- “R.I.P. T-ROY Gentry. Shared a lot of good times and drinks with ya. My prayers to your family.”
Montgomery Gentry Band Member Dies In Helicopter Crash
Sad news as Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry was found dead after a helicopter wreck in New Jersey. They band tweeted the news a few hours after the crash.
— Montgomery Gentry (@mgunderground) September 8, 2017
Hours after news that country hall of famer Don Williams passed away, Troy Gentry, of country duo Montgomery Gentry, died following a helicopter crash in New Jersey, according to a statement posted on the group’s official site.
Members of the group’s band, including the other half of the duo, Eddie Montgomery, were at the airport when the helicopter crashed. They were taken to the hospital to see Gentry, where he was pronounced dead.
Montgomery Gentry had been a duo for more than two decades, breaking into the country scene in 1999and winning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year in 2000. The duo went on to have several hits including My Town, Something to Be Proud Of, Where I Come From and Gone. They were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009.
Over the course of the duo’s career, Montgomery Gentry released 11 albums, including a greatest-hits package.
On the duo’s website, Gentry said their popularity was due to the “chemistry” between Gentry and Montgomery.
“It’s a chemistry that’s worked for years,” Gentry said. “We have two separate singing styles that when they come together, they’re very identifiable. It doesn’t get old or get sterile. The back and forth between our vocals definitely keeps you listening and keeps you interested in the song.”
Gentry’s recent years were marked with tragedy. In 2014, he grieved the death of his brother, Keith. Their father, Lloyd Gentry, just died Aug. 13. He lost his mothe in 2007.
Gentry was also by Montgomery’s side as he battled prostate cancer in 2010. That experience gave him insight and courage a few years later when his wife, Angie McClure Gentry, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was eventually declared cancer-free in 2015.
“Angie and I are pretty deeply faithful people,” he told The Tennessean that year.
Troy Gentry is also survived by two children.
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