Country star Troy Gentry died in a New Jersey helicopter crash on Friday at the age of 50.
“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 today in Medford, New Jersey,” the band’s reps said in a statement on Friday.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the helicopter crashed into a wooded area Friday afternoon near the Flying W Airport in Medford. The band’s statement said that “details of the crash are unknown.”
The airport also houses a resort and was scheduled to host a concert by the group on Friday evening. The airport announced the cancellation of the gig Friday afternoon.
The pilot of the helicopter also died.
Gentry leaves behind two daughters with his wife of nearly 20 years, Angie.
“Gentry’s family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers and asks for privacy at this time,” the band’s statement concluded.
Condolences have started to pour in on social media. Sheryl Crow wrote on Twitter, “So sad to hear the news of Troy Gentry. My prayers are with his family and friends.”
With Post wires