Country music star Troy Gentry was tragically killed in a helicopter crash on his way to a show at a New Jersey airport on Friday.
Gentry, half of the music duo Montgomery Gentry, was killed in the crash at the Flying W. Airport in Medford, New Jersey. The crash reportedly occurred sometime around 1 p.m., and one other person in the aircraft was also killed, Lexington 18 News reported. The other half of Montgomery Gentry, Eddie Montgomery, wasn’t on board the helicopter.
Twisted metal and the rotor of the chopper could be seen near the airport where the crash took place as emergency personnel responded to the scene. It wasn’t immediately clear what led to the crash.
Here’s what you need to know about Gentry and his tragic death:
1. Gentry Leaves Behind a Wife & 2 Children
Gentry, 50, was a native of Lexington, Kentucky and is survived by his wife, Angie McClure, and his two children. He had daughter Kaylee with McClure and daughter Taylor with his ex-wife Kia.
2. The Band Released a Statement on His Death After His Identity Was Confirmed
The band released an official statement following news Gentry was the victim in the crash, and it canceled its show scheduled hours after the crash took place.
Montgomery Gentry was in the midst of an American tour which was set to last through October. After playing the show in New Jersey, the duo was set to play at the Wayne County Fair in Wooster, Ohio before traveling back to Pennsylvania. Those plans are obviously on hold as the band, fans and the country music industry grieves at the passing of one of its more notable artists.
3. Montgomery & Gentry Started Playing Together at Shows During the 1990s
Gentry and Montgomery started playing shows with each other back in the 1990s as part of separate bands. Eventually, the two formed Montgomery Gentry in 1999 and became known for its strong Southern rock influences.
4. Montgomery Gentry Had Numerous No. 1 Hits & Albums
The duo released six studio albums which produced a number of hits that appeared on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
They had a few No. 1 hits during their career, including “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 albums — Tattoos & Scars (1999), My Town (2002) and You Do Your Thing (2004 — were certified platinum by the RIAA.
5. Gentry Graduated from the University of Kentucky
Gentry graduated from Lexington Community College and then attended the University of Kentucky, where he majored in marketing and business management.
According to his IMDb page, his parents’ names are Lloyd and Pat, and he had two siblings, Jane and Keith.