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Award-winning country music performer Troy Gentry dies in helicopter crash

Award-winning country music performer Troy Gentry dies in helicopter crash
Troy Gentry of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry performs on the Rebels On The Run Tour in 2013. (Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

Troy Gentry, co-founder of the country-rock duo Montgomery Gentry, has died in a helicopter crash. He was 50.

The duo were scheduled to perform a show on Friday at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford, N.J. The helicopter crashed in a forested area just outside the venue, according to FAA reports cited by Associated Press.

Gentry and a fellow occupant were killed. It was not immediately clear who was piloting the helicopter.

“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,” read a statement on the band’s website. “Troy Gentry’s family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time.”

Gentry co-founded the group with Eddie Montgomery in Lexington, Ky.

The duo released their debut album “Tattoos & Scars” in 1999, and went on to score several country chart-topping hits, including “Lucky Man,” “Roll With Me,” “Something to Be Proud Of,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “If You Ever Stop Loving Me.”

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