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Troy Gentry Of Montgomery Gentry Killed In Helicopter Crash

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MEDFORD, N.J. (LEX 18) -A helicopter crash at the Flying W Airport in Medford, N.J. has resulted in the death of country music star Troy Gentry.

Sources close to the family confirm to LEX 18 that Gentry was killed in the crash.

Courtesy: NBC Philadelphia  (Courtesy: NBC Philadelphia

Gentry was one-half of the duo of the Kentucky-based group Montgomery Gentry. A distress call was sent from the helicopter before it crashed.

Eddie Montgomery was not on board the helicopter. The Tennessean reports that Montgomery was at the airport waiting for Gentry when the crash happened.

A distress call was made and Medford police say that initial reports said the helicopter was going to attempt to crash land. Emergency crews arrived at the airport and Medford police say that shortly after their arrival, the helicopter crashed. 

Police say that the pilot was killed immediately. The Associated Press has identified the pilot as 30-year-old James Evan Robinson, of Meigs, Georgia. Gentry was extricated but was pronounced dead at the hospital. 

The band confirmed the news via their Twitter:

The Montgomery Gentry concert was cancelled in the immediate aftermath before the identity of the victims was released. He graduated from the University of Kentucky.

Gentry was best known for his song "My Town."  The video was shot downtown in Triangle Park.  Over the course of their career, the band scored five number 1 hits. They were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009.

Several musicians have taken to twitter to express their sadness and shock over the news.

He was a Lexington native and father of two children.

(Courtesy: Associated Press

(Courtesy: Associated Press

(Courtesy: Associated Press

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