The country music community continues to mourn the death of Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry in a New Jersey helicopter crash, and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line is among those especially affected.
The tragedy hit home in a very personal way for Tyler, who witnessed the death his father in a similar crash 10 years ago. The superstar took to Instagram with is feelings upon hearing the news about Troy:
“I just got the terrible news about an amazing guy, Troy Gentry, who passed away this afternoon in a helicopter crash and my heart breaks,” Tyler says in the video. “My heart hurts and I can’t help but go back to 10 years ago when I lost my dad in a tragic helicopter crash as well, an experience that me and my whole family witnessed. And I just wanted to say, for everybody out there that’s hurting – I know there’s a lot of people that loved him and a lot of people that are affected by this – that there’s a lot of joy, there’s a lot of peace, there’s a lot of understanding if you lean on the Lord, lean on his words, dig into the Bible. And I’m serious, I can’t really explain it … but it’s a crazy joy that God can only give and a crazy amount of peace, so for those that are hurtin’, I encourage you in that. And for Troy, I love you. You’ll be missed, and say hey to my dad up there in heaven, would ya?”
Troy Gentry joined pilot James Robinson for an impromptu helicopter ride September 8th, hours before Montgomery Gentry was scheduled to play in Medford, New Jersey. Both died when the aircraft’s engine failed. Troy was 50 years old and is survived by wife Angie and daughters Kaylee and Taylor.
Teddy McDonald is a fun-lovin’ country music fan man living in Nashville, Tennessee.