Stars from the worlds of country music have paid tribute to the sad passing of their friend Troy Gentry, who tragically died in a helicopter crash in New Jersey on Friday, aged 50. The helicopter is reported to have crashed in a wooded area on Friday afternoon on its way into land. Troy was freed from the wreckage by emergency services but died on his way to hospital. The pilot was also killed in the crash.
Troy Gentry and John Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry
The band’s website said: "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 1.00pm in Medford, New Jersey.” The band had been due to perform that evening.
Famous friends of Troy’s took to Twitter to express their sadness at the terrible accident. His fellow band member John Montgomery wrote: “It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart to hear of the death of my long-time friend Troy Gentry.” Country singer Sheryl Crow retweeted: “So sad to hear the news of Troy Gentry. My prayers are with his family and friends.”
There were more tributes for the star, who began singing with John in 1999 and had several number one records such as Roll With Me and Lucky Man. Kid Rock said: “So terribly sad to hear of my friend Troy Gentry’s untimely passing.” Billy Ray Cyrus shared his own message on Twitter, writing; “Under the moonlight in Taylor, Mi, w/ a heavy heart. Dedicated our show to #TroyGentry & #DonWilliam – rest easy brother. #LostLegends.”
There was more sad news on Saturday, after news broke that another country star, Don Williams, has died aged 78 after a short illness. The singer began his music career in 1971 and found fame with singles like Gypsy Woman and It Must Be Love. Sheryl Crowe tweeted: “I miss Don Williams already.”