Friday, September 8, 2017
– Troy Gentry, one-half of Montgomery Gentry, was killed in a helicopter crash today.
The Montgomery Gentry web site said, "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 1:00pm 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."
"Details of the crash are unknown," the web site said. "Troy Gentry's family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time."
Gentry was born in Lexington, Ky. on April 5, 1967. He joined up with his future partner, Eddie Montgomery, and his brother John in a band, Young Country. John MIchael Montgomery pursued a solo career in the early 1990s, leading Gentry to pursue his own career.
He won the Jim Beam National Talent Contest in 1994, but after failing to secure a solo career, he reunited with Eddie Montgomery to form the group Deuce. They changed the name to Montgomery Gentry and signed with Columbia Records' Nashville division in 1999. Montgomery Gentry released its debut, "Tattoos & Scars," in 1999. They scored three top 10 hits from the disc. The duo released seven full-length albums, scoring five number one singles.
Gentry married Angie McClure in late 1999. They have one daughter named Kaylee. Gentry also has an older daughter, Taylor, as well.