Troy Gentry of ‘Montgomery Gentry’ killed in helicopter crash
MEDFORD, NJ (WTVQ/AP) – Lexington native Troy Gentry, half of the popular Kentucky-based country music duo, Montgomery Gentry, was killed Friday afternoon in a helicopter crash in Medford, New Jersey, near where the duo was scheduled to perform tonight, according to multiple media outlets and confirmed by his representatives.
One other person was killed in the crash at the Flying W Airport. No name was immediately released, but officials did confirm that Gentry’s music partner, Eddie Montgomery, was not on board.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Gentry was born on April 5, 1967 in Lexington, Kentucky, where he met bandmate Eddie Montgomery and formed a group based off their last names.
The duo had success on the country charts, scoring five No. 1 hits. The band was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009.
Gentry leaves behind a wife and two daughters. He was 50-years old.
The helicopter pilot who died in the crash with Gentry has been identified.
A Medford Police Department spokesman says the pilot was 30-year-old James Evan Robinson, of Meigs, Georgia.