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Eddie Montgomery breaks his silence on losing his singing partner, Troy Gentry Getty Images/Rick Diamond

Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry died following a helicopter crash on Sept. 8 in New Jersey, and his singing partner, Eddie Montgomery, is now breaking his silence on the loss.

A little piece of my soul got lost there,” Eddie tells “People.” “It was a horrific day, my world changed as much as the band did. It’s something that you never get over. It’s going to be in my mind and my soul for the rest of my life.”

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Troy was going for a ride before their show that night at the Flying W Airport and Resort when an the helicopter experiences an equipment malfunction. The pilot was killed on impact when the aircraft crashed. Troy was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he passed away with Eddie by his side.

Before Troy’s death, he and Eddie had discussed what would happen to the duo if one of them died.

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Eddie says, “We said to each other, ‘Hey, we want Montgomery Gentry to keep going.’ It’s weird, I always thought it was going to be me that went down first.”

Though he’ll never get over losing Troy, Eddie is pressing on with plans to release the duo’s new album, “Here’s To You,” on Feb. 2, 2018. He’ll also head out on tour in January to keep Montgomery Gentry’s music going for their fans. The shows will also pay tribute to Troy’s memory in a big way.

Eddie adds, “He was more than just a singer. He was a brother and he was always there. As far as I’m concerned, we’re still making music together.”

The first single from that new Montgomery Gentry project, “Better Me,” was released in September.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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