Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry was killed in a helicopter crash this morning (Friday) in New Jersey.
The duo were to play a show at a small airport in southern New Jersey tonight. Troy was one of two men killed when the chopper went down near that airport. Eddie Montgomery was not on board. The duo was also slated to play The Wayne County Fair in Wooster, Ohio this weekend.
Montgomery Gentry have released eight albums over their career and enjoyed five number-one country hits. They won Duo of the Year at both the ACM Awards and CMA Awards in 2000, and they were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009. They reportedly had a ninth album in the works at the time of Troy's death.
Montgomery Gentry's Twitter account just confirmed the death. A post says, "Troy's family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time."
Troy leaves behind his second wife Angie, their daughter Kaylee and his daughter Taylor from his first marriage. He was 50.