Charlie Cornacchio

Charlie Cornacchio

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Troy Gentry, of country duo Montgomery Gentry, has died following a helicopter crash in New Jersey, according to a statement posted on the group’s official site. He was 50.

In 2014, Montgomery Gentry performed at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center as part of a benefit for the Ryan McElroy Children’s Cancer Foundation.

At that time, Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson said “I wrote them a letter and asked them to come and gave them a deal they couldn’t refuse.

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The crash took place before 1 p.m. Firday in Medford, The helicopter’s pilot also was killed, authorities said.

Montgomery Gentry was scheduled to perform Friday night at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford.
Medford police said first responders received news of a helicopter in distress that was returning to the Flying W Airport.
“Initial reports were the helicopter was going to attempt to crash land,” police said in a statement. “Emergency crews arrived at the airport and shortly thereafter, the helicopter suddenly crashed in a field just south of the airport runway.”
Gentry was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said. Pilot James Evan Robinson, 30, died on the scene. He worked as a helicopter pilot at a flight school at the airport.
The crash remains under investigation.
Montgomery Gentry formed in 1999 and produced a number of country music hits, including “My Town,” and “Hell Yeah.”
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