Award-winning country music performer Troy Gentry dies in helicopter crash

August Brown
Los Angeles Times

Troy Gentry, co-founder of the country-rock duo Montgomery Gentry, has died in a helicopter crash. He was 50.

Guitarist Troy Gentry of the band Montgomery Gentry performs during the Country USA Music Festival on June 14, 2016, in Oshkosh, Wisc. (Ricky Bassman/Zuma Press/TNS)

The duo were scheduled to perform a show Friday at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford, N.J. The helicopter crashed in a forested area just outside the venue, according to FAA reports cited by The Associated Press.

Gentry and a fellow occupant were killed. It was not immediately clear who was piloting the helicopter.

“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,” read a statement on the band’s website. “Troy Gentry’s family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time.”

In this image from video provided by NBC10 Philadelphia, first responders are positioned near the wreckage of a helicopter in Lumberton, N.J., Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. The Federal Aviation Administration says the helicopter crashed into a wooded area near the Flying W Airport in Medford, N.J., about 20 miles east of Philadelphia. The official website for Montgomery Gentry says Troy Gentry, half of the country duo, died in the crash. (NBC10 Philadelphia via AP)

Gentry co-founded the group with Eddie Montgomery in Lexington, Ky.

The duo released their debut album “Tattoos & Scars” in 1999, and went on to score several country chart-topping hits, including “Lucky Man,” “Roll With Me,” “Something to Be Proud Of,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “If You Ever Stop Loving Me.”