Breaking News: Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry KILLED
Sadly, we report Troy Gentry, half of country music duo Montgomery Gentry, was tragically killed this afternoon, as a result of a helicopter crash in Medford, NJ.
The crash occurred in a wooded area at about 1:00 PM. The pilot also died.
KYW, the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia, is reporting that two people are dead as a result of the crash. Sources tell WKYT that Eddie Montgomery is okay.
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Montgomery Gentry was scheduled to have a concert at the Flying W Airport and resort in New Jersey.
His publicist put out the following statement:
“Troy Gentry’s family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time.
Gentry is from Lexington, and was 50-years old. Gentry and Eddie Montgomery of Kentucky, started Montgomery Gentry in the ’90s. They are best known for their hit singles, “That’s Something to Be Proud Of” and “Where I Come From.”
Gentry leaves behind a wife of 20 years, and two daughters.
USA Today Reported:
Troy Gentry, of the country band Montgomery Gentry, was killed in a New Jersey helicopter crash Friday just before the duo were set to perform. He was 50.
The band confirmed his death in the crash in Medford, N.J. about 1 p.m. ET, but had no details of the crash.
The band’s tweet said Gentry’s family thanked fans for “kind thoughts and prayers” and asked for privacy.
The Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford announced in a Facebook post that the popular band’s show for Friday night had been canceled. The airport also houses a resort, where the concert was going to be held.
The Courier-Post in New Jersey reported that an aircraft went down at the Flying W Airport with two people on board. The Associated Press reported the pilot of the helicopter also died.
A spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration told the Courier-Post a Schweitzer 269 “crashed in a wooded area off the end of runway 1,” and that the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board would soon begin an investigation into the incident.
TV stations tweeted pictures of the crash scene.