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Chris Janson weighs in on the effect Troy Gentry’s death has had on his life Getty Images/Terry Wyatt
Getty Images/Terry Wyatt

“I just hate it.”

Simple words for a horrible situation and relatively all Chris Janson could mutter last month during an interview with Rare Country about the death of his buddy Troy Gentry, who died in a helicopter accident on Sept. 8.

“I just want to say our prayers have truly been out for his wife, their kids,” Chris also told Rare Country just days after Troy’s death. It’s an awful thing.”

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While days have gone by, the pain is still raw for Chris, best known for hits such as “Buy Me a Boat” and “Fix a Drink.” “Troy Gentry’s passing affected me in a weird way,” Chris said in a recent interview. “I’ve always looked at death as death, and life as life, but last night I stayed up till three in the morning and watched Montgomery Gentry YouTube videos. I was having a pretty shitty day last week and then that happened, and it was just, this is not about this at all. It’s about, ‘I didn’t die today.’ It was kind of a life-defining moment for me.”

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Indeed, the pain is still raw for Chris, just as it is for countless country music fans coming to grips with all 2017 has handed us.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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