On Friday afternoon, a helicopter crash took place near a New Jersey airport. Among the two people that died was famous country musician Troy Gentry of "Montgomery Gentry".
That night, Gentry was scheduled to perform at the Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford. Gentry's bandmate, Eddie Montgomery, was not on board the helicopter that crashed.
Immediately after the accident, no details were given on what happened. Now, the Flying W Airport and concert venue have released a statement about the tragedy.
Flying W said, "The day started with such excitement as the Montgomery Gentry bus rolled through our gates. The nicest people got off the bus and joined us on the ramp for what we hoped would be the best concert we have ever had. Sadly this was not to be."
"Instead the day turned to tragedy as a helicopter accident took the lives of the pilot and Mr. Gentry," they continued. "No words can describe the sadness that the Flying W employees feel for the families."
The venue said that they would refund ticket holders who were planning on seeing Montgomery Gentry in concert that night.
They said, "We will be processing refunds throughout the next week to your credit cards. Thank you for your patience and understanding at this difficult time.”
Various musicians have been speaking out about the 50-year-old's death as well. Music journalist and author, Holly Gleason, told People about Gentry's love for life and talked about the last time she saw him.
She said, "Nobody loved life more than Troy Gentry. Whatever adventure, all night party or hardcore hillbilly song, he was up for it...That’s the thing about Troy, it was all in good fun. It all rocked, and it made people feel more dangerous than they were, yet somehow kept them safe as new kittens. To be able to walk that line, maybe it truly does take hillbilly shoes.”
Please continue praying for Gentry's family and friends as they just lost a loved one. In other breaking news, a former NFL player just committed suicide at the age of 37. Please keep his family in your prayers as well.