The family of Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry requests fans spend some time in prayer for them as they grieve. On Friday (Sept. 8), Troy Gentry died in a helicopter crash. He was one of two passengers onboard a helicopter that went down in Medford, N.J. Both people died, although the second person - presumably the pilot - has not been named.
Montgomery Gentry's record label confirmed the news in the following statement to media on Friday afternoon: "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 1PM today in Medford, New Jersey. The duo was scheduled to perform tonight at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford. Troy Gentry was 50 years old."
In 911 audio obtained by the Blast, a dispatcher tells responders to hurry to the Flying W Airport because the helicopter was hovering, waiting for help to arrive before the pilot was going to attempt an emergency landing. The helicopter carrying Gentry had been hovering in distress for several minutes.
The distressed vehicle crashed just after emergency crews arrived, according to the audio. Gentry and the pilot of the aircraft were both killed. Sources tell the Blast that Gentry was pulled from the wreckage and transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.