We’re saddened to report that Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry was killed in a Sept. 8 helicopter crash at a New Jersey venue where the duo had been scheduled to perform.
Average’s Joes Entertainment, the record label where Montgomery Gentry is signed, confirmed the news in a press release which said, “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 p.m. today in Medford, New Jersey. The duo was scheduled to perform tonight at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford. Troy Gentry was 50 years old. Details of the crash are unknown.
Troy Gentry’s family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time.”
The duo’s team released the same statement on their Twitter account just before 4 p.m. CT.
Sources had earlier confirmed his death to TV station Lex 18 in the duo’s hometown of Lexington, Ky. Another unidentified victim also reportedly perished in the crash. The duo’s Eddie Montgomery was not onboard.
Philadelphia TV station WPVI is reporting that “there was no immediate confirmation on … what may have led to the crash.”
Emergency responders were on the scene, and aerial photographs appear to show red tarps covering the crash site.
The venue initially announced just the cancellation of the duo’s concert at about 2 p.m.
Local newspaper the Courier-Post says the crash happened at 12:37 p.m. Citing a supervisor at the Burlington County communications center in Westampton, the paper also reports that “two people were involved” in the accident” and that “a medical evacuation chopper was on scene about 1:30 as ambulance crews waited nearby.”
A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration told the Courier-Post the aircraft crashed in a wooded area off the end of a runway.
After emerging on the scene in 1999, Montgomery Gentry quickly gained popularity, notching 16 Top 10 hits on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, including five No. 1s. They included “Something to Be Proud Of” and “Lucky Man.” They were named the CMA’s Vocal Duo of the Year in 2000 and joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in 2009.
Troy leaves behind his wife, Angie, and daughters Kaylee and Taylor.