On September 8, the country music world was struck by tragedy when one half of Montgomery Gentry was killed in a helicopter crash. According to a statement from the group’s management, Troy Gentry died in the crash at around 1 p.m. in Medford, New Jersey. The release says the duo had been due to perform at the Flying W Airport and Resort in the town. Gentry was 50 years old. The statement concludes with, “Troy Gentry’s family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers and asks for privacy.”
There is no indication that Eddie Montgomery was not on board the helicopter. TMZ said in their report that they are still digging to find out Montgomery’s whereabouts.
CBS Philadelphia reports that the helicopter crashed into a wooded area close to the airport. The chopper was a Schweitzer 269 model.
Both Montgomery and Gentry hail from Kentucky, Montgomery from Danville and Gentry from Lexington. Montgomery’s musical beginnings came when he was the drummer in Harold Montgomery and the Kentucky River Express, his parent’s band. The initial incarnation of Montgomery Gentry featured Montgomery’s younger brother, John Michael. At that time they went by the name Early Tymz.
In November 2010, Montgomery had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He had a tumor removed in December 2010 in the same month that his wife, Tracy, filed for divorce. It was reported at the time that Nunan served him divorce papers at his restaurant in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. They had been married for 20 years and had four children together.
Tragedy struck Montgomery in September 2015 when his son, Hunter, died after a drug overdose. His death had initially been reported as an “accident.”