Troy Gentry, one half of the award-profitable nation music duo Montgomery Gentry, died Friday in a helicopter crash simply hours earlier than a live performance, in response to an announcement from the band’s web site. He was 50.

The Federal Aviation Administration mentioned the helicopter crashed right into a wooded space close to the Flying W Airport in Medford hours earlier than Montgomery Gentry was resulting from carry out at a resort that can be housed on the airport. The airport introduced the cancellation of the gig Friday afternoon.

The band’s web site referred to as Gentry’s demise “tragic” and mentioned particulars of the crash are unknown.

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Eddie Montgomery, left, and Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry are seen arriving on the 2011 CMA Awards in Nashville. (Evan Agostini/Related Press)

Medford Township Police Chief Richard Meder instructed that police received a name a few helicopter “that was distressed” round 1 p.m.

He mentioned crews have been capable of take away the passenger from the wreckage, however he died on the best way to a hospital. The pilot died on the scene and crews have been working to take away his physique, Meder mentioned.

It wasn’t instantly clear whether or not Gentry was the pilot or the passenger.

Gentry was born on April 5, 1967, in Lexington, Kentucky, the place he met bandmate Eddie Montgomery and fashioned a gaggle based mostly off their final names.

The duo had success on the nation charts, scoring 5 No. 1 hits. The band was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009.