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Eddie Montgomery Recounts Day of Musician Troy Gentry’s Helicopter Crash

On September 8, mere hours before country duo Montgomery Gentry was set to play a concert at an airport and resort in New Jersey, musician Troy Gentry boarded a helicopter for a pre-show joyride. Within minutes, disaster struck as engine problems crippled the two-seater. It tumbled out of the sky and landed in a wooded area just off the runway. The pilot, James Evan Robinson, was killed on impact. Gentry was transported to a nearby hospital, where he passed away with Eddie Montgomery by his side. Montgomery recently spoke out about his late partner, who was eulogized and memorialized at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry shortly after his death. He spoke of the difficulties of coping with his friend’s untimely death, the difficult decisions they’ve had in the past about what to do if one member of the duo passed away and shared memories of their 20-year friendship. “Nashville didn’t put…
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Country Singers Who Have Died in Aviation Accidents

On September 8, country musician Troy Gentry, part of the duo Montgomery Gentry, died in a South Jersey helicopter crash. Investigators believe that engine problems were the primary cause of the aviation accident. Part of being a successful musician is long periods of time traveling, often on airplanes. And tragically, Gentry is not the only popular musician who has died in an aviation accident. These types of accidents stretch back to the dawn of the era of commercial flight. This list, by no means exhaustive, details the lives and deaths of several country stars who left this world too soon. Patsy Cline died at the age of 30 in a plane crash in 1963. She was one of country’s first big female stars. Her plane crashed during a heavy downpour on her way to Nashville. The crash also killed Cowboy Copas, who rose to popularity in the 1940s, and Hawkshaw…
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Country Star Troy Gentry Dies in Helicopter Crash

Troy Gentry, half of the popular country music duo Montgomery Gentry, has died in New Jersey. He was set to play a concert there and was taking a “spur of the moment” helicopter ride. While he was in the air, the pilot of the helicopter, James Evan Robinson, reported mechanical problems. He told the airport that he was having difficulty controlling engine RPM. The pilot hovered in the air as he awaited the fire department, but after only a few seconds, the helicopter crashed into the ground. Both the pilot and the country star were killed. Gentry was known for songs like “Something to Be Proud Of” and “My Town.” His music group was formed in 1999 and has written more than 25 charting songs. The band is credited with ending Brooks and Dunn’s eight-year reign as CMA Awards Vocal Duo of the Year. Gentry is survived by his wife,…
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