Country music star Troy Gentry passed away in a tragic helicopter accident on September 8th, just hours before a scheduled Montgomery Gentry show. According to preliminary reports, the crash occurred due to severe engine problems that started just minutes after takeoff. Before the crash, the pilot was in contact with professionals on the ground, but the advice given could not override the damaged engine. The helicopter crashed in the woods just outside of the Flying W Airport in Medford, New Jersey, killing both individuals on board.
Gentry’s public memorial service will take place at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday, September 14th starting at 11 AM CT. Fans can also live-stream the event online here: http://www.opry.com/troy-gentry.
The Kentucky native started the popular country band Montgomery Gentry in 1999, alongside vocalist Eddie Montgomery. Together, the duo released eight studio albums and won several awards. Gentry and Montgomery were in the process of finishing another record prior the fatal accident. After Troy’s death, the popular band is gifting their fans with at least one more single, “Better Me,” from their unfinished project. The track made its debut on the radio yesterday, September 13th. “Better Me” is a song in which Troy Gentry took the lead vocally and sang from the heart.
“I’ve turned the page on wilder days
I’m writing all this down, hopin’ you’ll see
I ain’t sayin’ I’m perfect, but I’m workin’ on a better me”
For those who are wondering, Sirius XM left a message on their Facebook page regarding the song’s availability to fans which reads, “This morning we are celebrating the life of our dear friend and brother, Troy Gentry. We are proud to bring you the brand new song ‘Better Me’ by Montgomery Gentry. Music truly is life’s best medicine. For those asking, it will be available this Friday.” Keep an ear out for the tune tomorrow, September 15th.
Troy Gentry is survived by his wife, Angie, and two daughters, Kaylee and Taylor. Everyone at Country Fancast sends their condolences to Troy’s loved ones.
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