Country music fans are mourning the loss of Troy Gentry, with sources confirming the Montgomery Gentry star died in a helicopter crash on Friday.
The accident took place near Medford, New Jersey, where Montgomery Gentry was scheduled to perform.
According to LEX 18 News of Lexington, Kentucky (Gentry’s hometown), sources confirm that Gentry and another individual lost their lives in the crash. Eddie Montgomery, the other half of the popular country duo, was reportedly not onboard the helicopter.
According to sources, the crash occurred at approximately 1 p.m. local time; authorities are said to still be on the scene.
Gentry, 50, is survived by wife Angie and the couple’s two children.
The sad news was confirmed via social media on the duo’s official Twitter account.
— Montgomery Gentry (@mgunderground) September 8, 2017
Following news of Gentry’s death, the singer’s friend and fellow country artist Shooter Jennings (son of outlaw country legend Waylon Jennings) and singer Sheryl Crow were among those to express their grief on Twitter.
Sad about Don Williams but Troy Gentry was my friend. I had great times with him. I'm stunned, angry and upset at the moment. I'll miss you.
— Shooter Jennings (@ShooterJennings) September 8, 2017
So sad to hear the news of Troy Gentry. My prayers are with his family and friends. https://t.co/hhwZoc3TYY
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) September 8, 2017
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!
— Chase Bryant (@chasebryant) September 8, 2017
RIP Troy Gentry. Absolutely tragic. Thoughts + prayers out to his family. 💔
— Dan + Shay (@DanAndShay) September 8, 2017