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Musicians Remember Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry, Dead at 50 after Helicopter Crash
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13 Sep 2017 01:10 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Troy Gentry (Image Source: Public Domain)

The last few years we've become accustomed to seeing our music heroes pass away as they approach 70 years old and after. But it's still a shock to see someone dying decades earlier.

On Friday, Troy Gentry of the country group Montgomery Gentry died in a helicopter crash at the age of 50.

Gentry formed the country duo with Eddie Montgomery in 1999. They had huge hits with "If You Ever Stop Loving Me," "Something to Be Proud Of," "Lucky Man," "Back When I Knew It All," and "Roll with Me." They won an American Music Award, an Academy of Country Music award, and a CMA award.

"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 which took place at approximately 1:00 pm today in Medford, New Jersey," read a statement posted to the band's Twitter account on Friday. "The duo was scheduled to perform tonight at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford. Troy Gentry was 50 years old. Details of the crash are unknown. Troy Gentry's family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers and asks for privacy at this time."

Medford police have stated that first responders were notified of a helicopter in distress that was coming back to the airport, but the copter crashed in a field off the runway.

Gentry was pronounced dead at a hospital, and the pilot, James Evan Robinson, 30, died at the scene.

Other musicians were quick to add their condolences on social media after learning the tragic news that rocked the country music world.

"So sad to hear the news of Troy Gentry. My prayers are with his family and friends." – Sheryl Crow

"God bless you Troy Gentry. Heartbroken and in disbelief." – Brad Paisley

"Found this picture of me and my old friend Troy a few days ago. I am heart broken." – Blake Shelton, posting an old picture of himself and Gentry

"We are absolutely heartbroken over the passing of #Opry Member Troy Gentry. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends." – Grand Ole Opry

"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 [broken heart emoji]" – Jana Kramer

"RIP Troy Gentry. Absolutely tragic. Thoughts + prayers out to his family. [broken heart emoji]" – Dan + Shay

"Shocked and saddened by the sudden, tragic loss of Troy today. He was a friend and a good man. Prayers go out to his precious family." – Rascal Flatts

"Devastated to hear the news. Troy, thank you for your kindness, your spirit, your joy and the love you shared with everyone you met." – Little Big Town

"Country music is at loss today. Our prayers are with the families of Don Williams & Troy Gentry. It's a sad day." – Luke Bryan, also referencing the 78-year-old singer who also died Friday

"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!" – Darius Rucker

"My thoughts and prayers go out to their families, friends and fans. I'll miss them both." – Reba McEntire

"RIP 'T-Roy' #MontgomeryGentry" – Jason Aldean

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