Dave Wheeler Reflects On Death Of Troy Gentry
It's with sad news here at Big Frog 104 we pass on the news that Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry is dead at the age of 50. He was killed in a helicopter accident in New Jersey.
According to NBC, The 50-year-old singer was one of two people injured, including the pilot. Bandmate Eddie Montgomery was not on board the aircraft at the time of the accident.
“It is with great sadness that we confirm that Troy Gentry, half of the popular country duo, Montgomery Gentry, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash,” a press release from the duo’s record label, Average Joes Entertainment, states. “Details of the crash are unknown. Troy Gentry’s family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time.”
Troy was in Central New York in 2016 for our FrogFest show. That was my first time meeting the duo. Troy was such an amazing guy, and such a class act. They rocked the Utica Rome Speedway for what seemed forever.
Montgomery Gentry was one of those groups I instantly fell in love with when I got into country radio. There songs always rocked, and always seemed to put me in a good mood. I blast "Hell Yeah" when I'm in a bad mood, and always reflect on my family life with "Something To Be Proud Of". Growing up in Westmoreland, you couldn't go to a bonfire or party without Montgomery Gentry blasting out of someones car speakers. They were such a class act with fans too. They always performed a hell of a show no matter the weather.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and many fans.