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Hearing the devastating news of Troy Gentry’s passing in a helicopter crash hit most everyone connected to country music hard, whether fan, artist, songwriter or industry executive. But for some, like NASCAR’s Liz Allison, it was even more difficult because it was also more personal.


In 1993, Winston Cup driver and a member of the Allison legacy of racing, Davey Allison, on his way to Talladega Superspeedway to watch test cars being put through their paces, died when the helicopter he was piloting crashed.

Liz Allison was Davey’s wife.

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Hearing the news of Troy’s death triggered a flood of emotion in the woman who has now made a career as a NASCAR reporter, and she took to her Twitter page to share her thoughts.

In her first tweet, Liz said that hearing the news took her back to the fateful day that she received word of Davey’s untimely passing.

In a follow-up, she shared another heartbreaking memory. “In Richmond with my heart In knots. Can’t stop thinking about the call that Troy Gentry’s wife received today. Been there,” she writes.

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Sadly, Liz isn’t the only one who knows the terrible ache of losing someone to such a gut-wrenching accident. We previously reported that Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard shared a video on his social media pages in which he recalling witnessing the helicopter crash that took his father from him. Tyler’s message was inspiring and hopeful in spite of the incredible loss he suffered.

In his short, eight-year career, Davey posted 19 wins. In addition to wife Liz, he left behind two children.

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Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development in the past. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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