Troy Gentry’s death stirs painful memories for Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard Getty Images
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Troy Gentry’s tragic death from a helicopter crash came as a shock to the country music community on Sept. 8. But for Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard, the news hit closer to home.

You see, Tyler lost his own dad in a chopper crash years ago. He recalled that memory in an Instagram video, after hearing the heartbreaking news about Troy.

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“Guys. I just got the terrible news about an amazing guy,” he said with noticeable tears in his reddened eyes. “Troy Gentry passed away this afternoon in a helicopter crash. My heart breaks and my heart hurts and I can’t help but go back to 10 years ago when I lost my dad in a tragic helicopter crash as well. [It was] an experience that me and my whole family witnessed.”

Even though Tyler recalled his own painful past, the purpose of his message wasn’t to shine a light on himself or even his late father. Instead, it was to try and comfort those who are still coming to terms with Troy’s passing.


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“I just want to say for everybody out there that’s hurting — I know there’s a lot people that loved him, a lot of people that are affected by this. That there’s a lot of joy, there’s a lot of peace, there’s a lot of understanding if you lean on the Lord, lean on His words. Dig into the Bible,” Tyler said.


“I’m serious,” he added. “It’s pretty unexplainable, but it’s a crazy joy that God can only give, and a crazy amount of peace. So for those that are hurting, I encourage you in that. And for Troy, I love you. You’ll be missed. Say hi to my dad up there in Heaven, would ya?”

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Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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