Troy Gentry, part of the music duo Montgomery Gentry, died on Friday after a helicopter crash in New Jersey. Now details are finally emerging about what happened to cause the fatal crash and how the singer's loved ones are planning to celebrate his life.
“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 1:00 p.m. today in Medford, New Jersey,” the band said in a statement on their Facebook page on Friday.
The 50-year-old country star decided to take an impromptu, spur of the moment helicopter trip during the afternoon ahead of his concert at the Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford on Friday night. The show was cancelled immediately following reports of the accident.
“The day started with such excitement as the Montgomery Gentry bus rolled through our gates. The nicest people got off the bus and joined us on the ramp for what we hoped would be the best concert we have ever had. Sadly this was not to be,” Flying W said in a statement posted on their website. “Instead the day turned to tragedy as a helicopter accident took the lives of the pilot and Mr. Gentry. No words can describe the sadness that the Flying W employees feel for the families.”
The venue is processing refunds for concert goers who had planned to attend the concert.
The crash is still under investigation, but new information has been release about what actually happened that afternoon.