Troy Gentry died on September 8, 2017

Troy Gentry (April 5, 1967 – September 8. 2017), of country duo Montgomery Gentry, has died following a helicopter crash in New Jersey, he was 50.

Gentry was born in Lexington, Ky., on April 5, 1967 but called Nashville home. He was married with two children.

Musicians Eddie and Troy, who were both natives of Kentucky, began performing in the 1990s as part of two different bands with Montgomery’s brother, John Michael Montgomery. In 1999 they formed Montgomery Gentry which was known for its Southern rock influences. They collaborated with other artists such as Charlie Daniels, Toby Keith and members of The Allman Brothers Band (See our tribute to Greg Allman here)

As Montgomery Gentry they released six studio albums – “Tattoos & Scars” (1999), “Carrying On” (2001), “My Town” (2002), “You Do Your Thing” (2004), “Some People Change” (2006), and “Back When I Knew It Al”l (2008), as well as a Greatest Hits package. They also had more than twenty chart singles, including the number 1 hits “If You Ever Stop Loving Me”, “Something to Be Proud Of”, “Lucky Man”, “Back When I Knew It All”, and “Roll with Me”, and their song “Gone” was the most played country song by a duo in 2005.

In 1999, they were awarded Favorite New Artist (Country) at the American Music Awards and have multiple Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association awards nominations to their name. They won CMA Vocal Duo of the Year in 2000, were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009 and into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in April 2015.

Troy Gentry died in a helicopter crash before 1 p.m. ET in Medford, New Jersey. The helicopter’s pilot was also killed.

Montgomery Gentry was scheduled to perform Friday night at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford.

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