Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry dies in helicopter crash

Country star Troy Gentry, one half of duo Montgomery Gentry, was killed in a helicopter crash at 1:00 pm on Friday in Medford, New Jersey. Gentry was traveling to perform at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford with bandmate Eddie Montgomery. Gentry, a Kentucky native, was 50 years old.

The Federal Aviation Administration has reported that the helicopter crashed in a wooded area near the airport. Gentry was removed from the wreckage, but died on the way to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Pilot James Evan Robinson, 30, died on the scene. 

"Troy Gentry's family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time," read a statement posted on the band's official site. Gentry is survived by wife Angie McClure and his two daughters, Kaylee and Taylor.

Gentry's legend will live on in spirit and song through the duo's timeless hits, which you can revisit here.