Entertainment Troy Gentry of country duo Montgomery Gentry dies in crash

00:47  09 september  2017
00:47  09 september  2017 Source:   MSN

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Troy Gentry , one half of country duo Montgomery Gentry , died after being involved in a helicopter crash in Medford, New Jersey, on Friday.

LUMBERTON, N.J. (AP) — Troy Gentry , one half of the award-winning country music duo Montgomery Gentry , died Friday in a helicopter crash just hours before a concert, according to a statement from the band's website. He was 50.

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2011 file photo, Eddie Montgomery, left, and Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry arrive at the 45th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Gentry, one half of the award-winning country music duo Montgomery Gentry, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in a helicopter crash, according to a statement from the band’s website. He was 50. The group was supposed to perform Friday at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford, N.J. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File): <span style=Eddie Montgomery, left, and Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry arrive at the 45th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)" src="/upload/images/real/2017/09/09/file-in-this-nov-9-2011-file-photo-eddie-montgomery-left-and-troy-gentry-of-montgomery-gentry-arrive_285000_.jpg" /> © The Associated Press Eddie Montgomery, left, and Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry arrive at the 45th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File) FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2013 file photo, Troy Gentry of the Country Music duo Montgomery Gentry performs on the Rebels On The Run Tour in Lancaster, Pa. Gentry, one half of the award-winning country music duo Montgomery Gentry, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in a helicopter crash, according to a statement from the band’s website. He was 50. The group was supposed to perform Friday at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford, N.J. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File): Troy Gentry of the Country Music duo Montgomery Gentry performs on the Rebels On The Run Tour in Lancaster, Pa. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press Troy Gentry of the Country Music duo Montgomery Gentry performs on the Rebels On The Run Tour in Lancaster, Pa. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

LUMBERTON, N.J. (AP) — Troy Gentry, one half of the award-winning country music duo Montgomery Gentry, died Friday in a helicopter crash just hours before a concert, according to a statement from the band's website. He was 50.

Authorities said the helicopter crashed in a wooded area while approaching the Flying W Airport in Medford hours before Montgomery Gentry was due to perform at a resort that is also housed at the airport.

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The official website for Montgomery Gentry says Troy Gentry , half of the country duo , has died in a New Jersey helicopter crash . The Federal Aviation Administration says the helicopter crashed into a wooded area Friday afternoon near the Flying W Airport in Medford.

17, 2013 file photo, Troy Gentry of the Country Music duo Montgomery Gentry performs on the Rebels On The Gentry , one half of the award-winning country music duo Montgomery Gentry , died Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in a helicopter crash , according to a statement from the band’s website.

The band's website called Gentry's death "tragic" and said details of the crash are unknown.

Medford Police stand guard at Fostertown Road leading to the Flying W Airport in Medford, N.J., on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Authorities reported fatalities in a helicopter crash near the small airport. (Michael Mancuso/NJ Advance Media via AP): Medford Police stand guard at Fostertown Road leading to the Flying W Airport in Medford, N.J., on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. (Michael Mancuso/NJ Advance Media via AP) © The Associated Press Medford Police stand guard at Fostertown Road leading to the Flying W Airport in Medford, N.J., on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. (Michael Mancuso/NJ Advance Media via AP)

"Troy Gentry's family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time," the website said.

Police got a call at around 1 p.m. of a helicopter that was in distress, said Joel Bewley, a spokesman for the Burlington County prosecutor's office.

Authorities said crews were able to remove Gentry, the passenger, from the wreckage, but he died on the way to a hospital. The pilot died at the scene, and crews were working to remove his body, Bewley said.

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Troy Gentry , half of the popular country duo Montgomery Gentry , died in a helicopter crash on Friday in New Jersey, his label confirmed.

Troy Gentry , half of the country duo Montgomery Gentry , died in a helicopter crash Friday. 9, 2011 file photo, Eddie Montgomery , left, and Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry arrive at the 45th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn.

The National Transportation Safety Board is headed to the crash scene, Bewley said.

In this image from video provided by NBC10 Philadelphia, first responders are positioned near the wreckage of a helicopter in Lumberton, N.J., Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. The Federal Aviation Administration says the helicopter crashed into a wooded area near the Flying W Airport in Medford, N.J., about 20 miles east of Philadelphia. The official website for Montgomery Gentry says Troy Gentry, half of the country duo, died in the crash. (NBC10 Philadelphia via AP): In this image from video provided by NBC10 Philadelphia, first responders are positioned near the wreckage of a helicopter in Lumberton, N.J., Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. (NBC10 Philadelphia via AP) © The Associated Press In this image from video provided by NBC10 Philadelphia, first responders are positioned near the wreckage of a helicopter in Lumberton, N.J., Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. (NBC10 Philadelphia via AP)

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.

Montgomery Gentry had success on the country charts and country radio in the 2000s, scoring No. 1 hits with "Roll With Me," ''Back When I Knew It All," ''Lucky Man," ''Something to Be Proud Of" and "If You Ever Stop Loving Me." Some of the songs even cracked the Top 40 on the pop charts.

The band mixed country music with Southern rock. It was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009. The group released their debut album, "Tattoos & Scars," in 1999.

In this image from video provided by NBC10 Philadelphia, a first responder examines the wreckage of a helicopter in Lumberton, N.J., Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. The Federal Aviation Administration says the helicopter crashed into a wooded area near the Flying W Airport in Medford, N.J., about 20 miles east of Philadelphia. The official website for Montgomery Gentry says Troy Gentry, half of the country duo, died in the crash. (NBC10 Philadelphia via AP): In this image from video provided by NBC10 Philadelphia, a first responder examines the wreckage of a helicopter in Lumberton, N.J., Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. (NBC10 Philadelphia via AP) © The Associated Press In this image from video provided by NBC10 Philadelphia, a first responder examines the wreckage of a helicopter in Lumberton, N.J., Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. (NBC10 Philadelphia via AP)

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