Troy Gentry Killed in Helicopter Crash
Half of the music duo Montgomery Gentry and country music star, Troy Gentry was killed in a helicopter crash on Friday, September 8. The crash was said to have occurred near the airport at about 1 pm.
According to Brian Rayner a senior air safety investigator with NTSB, the pilot of the helicopter announced over the airport frequency shortly after the takeoff that he was experiencing difficulty controlling engine RPM.
Rayner further said that the pilot received an immediate response, instructing him to perform an auto rotational descent to runway one. Unfortunately, however, the helicopter landed short of the runway and was substantially damaged, leaving the occupants fatally injured. The Pilot James Evan Robinson was reported dead on the scene while Gentry was rushed to nearby Virtua Hospital, where he passed away from his injuries.
Gentry, alongside his Montgomery Gentry partner Eddie Montgomery, were set to thrill their fans at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford on Friday night. The duo was in fact in the midst of an American tour that would have lasted through October. After their performance at New Jersey, Montgomery Gentry was to make a stopover at Wooster Ohio, where they were scheduled to play at the Wayne County Fair.
Troy Gentry and his singing partner Eddie Montgomery whom he met in Lexington, Kentucky initially formed a band called Early Tymz with Montgomery’s brother, John Michael Montgomery. John Michael Montgomery later went solo.
In 1994, Gentry finished first-place in a singing competition known as Jim Bean National Talent Round Up. He went ahead to open for various country music acts in Nashville while still playing shows with Eddie Montgomery. After Montgomery landed a solo record deal in 1999, Montgomery Gentry was formed using their last names.
The duo signed with Columbia Records' in Nashville releasing their first album titled Tattoos & Scars. In 2010, they departed Colombia records and signed with Independent Average Joes. On the whole, Montgomery Gentry released six studio albums with a few No. 1 hits like
Something to Be Proud Of,” “Lucky Man,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Roll with Me,” and “Back When I Knew It All.”
Three of their albums were certified platinum by the RIAA, and in 2009, they were inducted into the prestigious Grand Ole Opry. Montgomery Gentry won Favorite New Artist at the American Music Awards in 1999, and they were named the Duo of the Year by both the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music in 2000.
Troy Gentry died at the age of 50 and was a native of Lexington, Kentucky. He is survived by his wife Angie McClure and two daughters, Taylor and Kaylee.
Stars of the country music world have continued to pay tribute to the late singer with Blake Shelton sharing a picture of both of them and tweeting “ Found this picture of me and my longtime friend Troy a few days back... I am heart broken." Chris Young wrote: "Just heard about Troy Gentry… I'm short of words. Have known him for a long time and played lots of shows with him and Eddie… prayers.”
The burial arrangements are yet to be announced.