The country music community was shocked by a terrible loss today. Troy Gentry, one half of the popular country duo Montgomery Gentry, was killed in a helicopter crash earlier today (Sept. 8). He was 50 years old.
Many country stars took to social media to share their messages of sadness and disbelief. The hit was especially painful, as the news of country legend Don Williams’ passing also broke at the same time. Since 1999, Montgomery Gentry has made a big impact on modern country music. The sudden loss of Troy Gentry and his immeasurable talents is being felt across the genre and beyond.
The world changed today. Country music lost both a Friend and a Hero. Troy Gentry and Don Williams, you both will be dearly missed..
— Lee Brice (@leebrice) September 8, 2017
So sad to hear the news of Troy Gentry. My prayers are with his family and friends. https://t.co/hhwZoc3TYY
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) September 8, 2017
Just heard about Troy Gentry… I literally have no words. Have known him for years and played so many shows with him and Eddie… #prayers
— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) September 8, 2017
Sad day for country music. Troy Gentry and Don Williams have passed and that makes my heart hurt. Don was my hero and Troy was my friend
— Jake Owen (@jakeowen) September 8, 2017
I'm in total shock and disbelief over the news that my friend Troy Gentry was just killed in a helicopter crash!!! I just saw him days ago!
— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) September 8, 2017
RIP Troy Gentry. Absolutely tragic. Thoughts + prayers out to his family. 💔
— Dan + Shay (@DanAndShay) September 8, 2017
God bless you Troy Gentry. Heartbroken and in disbelief.
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) September 8, 2017
Sad day in country music. RIP Don Williams and Troy Gentry. Prayers for your families.
— Randy Houser (@RandyHouser) September 8, 2017
— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) September 8, 2017
My heart breaks for the family and friends of Troy Gentry. I had the pleasure of playing shows with him and he was always so kind 💔
— Jana Kramer (@kramergirl) September 8, 2017
Sad about Don Williams but Troy Gentry was my friend. I had great times with him. I'm stunned, angry and upset at the moment. I'll miss you.
— Shooter Jennings (@ShooterJennings) September 8, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Troy Gentry's family. Great songwriter & amazing guy. Spin some Montgomery Gentry today, y'all. 😔
— Walker McGuire (@walkermcguire) September 8, 2017
— Rodney Atkins (@RodneyAtkins) September 8, 2017
Just heard the news about Don Williams and Troy Gentry. Country music lost a hero and a friend today. My heart goes out to all.
— Easton Corbin (@eastoncorbin) September 8, 2017
RIP Troy Gentry & Don Williams.
— The Cadillac Three (@thecadillac3) September 8, 2017
No! Not Don Williams & Troy Gentry. My thoughts & prayers go out to their families. Thank u for the amazing music & for inspiring us all.
— Jerrod Niemann (@jrodfromoz) September 8, 2017
Troy Gentry is someone I considered a friend, and we are all absolutely numb right now. Sending love to his wife Angie and their children.
— Terri Clark (@TerriClarkMusic) September 8, 2017
Man, what a sad day in country music. Rest easy Don and Troy
— Luke Combs (@LukeCombsMusic) September 8, 2017
The boys and I are so sad to hear about Troy Gentry dying in a helicopter crash. God bless him and his family and… https://t.co/BaGBVjIocy
— SammyKershaw (@SammyKershaw) September 8, 2017
So sad to learn of Troy Gentry's passing today. Truly horrible. Prayers for his family and loved… https://t.co/Rd1cFMdMou
— Sara Evans (@saraevansmusic) September 8, 2017
2 legends lost at once. Troy Gentry and Don Williams will be missed so much. Praying for their families and may they rest in peace.
— Big & Rich (@bigandrich) September 8, 2017
I can't believe it…Doesn't seem possible that Troy Gentry is gone. Big prayers for his family and Eddie. We'll miss you Troy. #troygentry
— John Rich (@johnrich) September 8, 2017
So tragic. Met him a few times and he was so kind and welcoming. Great singer and even better person. Thoughts and prayers to his family. https://t.co/NfkyVtYkkT
— Brothers Osborne (@brothersosborne) September 8, 2017
Found this picture of me and my old friend Troy a few days ago.. I am heart broken. pic.twitter.com/J3mT86DIaa
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) September 8, 2017