Eddie Montgomery (right), Troy Gentry Photography: Absolute Publicity

The country music star perished in a helicopter crash Friday.

The Cowboys & Indians crew would like to extend prayers and condolences to the family, friends and fans of Troy Gentry, half of the popular country music duo Montgomery Gentry, who died Friday at age 50. Gentry perished in a helicopter crash in Medford, New Jersey, where he and Eddie Montgomery had been scheduled to perform Friday evening at the Flying W Airport & Resort.

Several Nashville notables took to the Internet to pay their respects to Gentry.

Travis Tritt: “My heart is broken! Troy Gentry was a dear friend! My love and sympathy to Angie and his family at this tragic time.”

Brad Paisley: “God bless you Troy Gentry. Heartbroken and in disbelief.”

Darryl Worley: “What a sad day this has been. T-Roy, I just can’t put the thoughts together right now. I hurt for your precious family. I will pray for them and check in on them. I will miss you and that big ole smile. I’m coming to that place when I leave here. I can't wait to see you again.”

Aaron Tippin: “I remember so many times playing shows with Montgomery Gentry, and me and Troy in the corner talking huntin’ and fishin’. What a brother.”

Larry Gatlin: “I didn't know Troy very well, but he was always nice to me. He always told me how much he loved ‘That Sweet Gatlin Boys Harmony.’ He sang some pretty sweet harmony with Eddie too. My heartfelt condolences to Troy’s family, friends, and fans.”

Sammy Kershaw: “I'm so sad to hear about Troy Gentry. He was one of those super nice guys of this business. We just worked with those boys a couple of weeks ago in Kansas City. God Bless him, his family and his band family.”

Doug Gray of The Marshall Tucker Band: “There are no words. We’ve had many great times on the road with Montgomery Gentry over the years. Troy was a talent. He will be sorely missed. Up above, he’ll be carrying on the music he always loved.”

Dave Innis of Restless Heart: “Restless Heart sends our sincerest condolences to the family of Troy Gentry. It’s terribly tragic to have lost this iconic country music superstar in the prime of his life. We performed with Troy and Eddie just a few weeks ago, and as we stood at the side of the stage to watch them perform for an adoring crowd, it was apparent that he was at the top of his game, doing what he was born to do. He will be missed.”

Kid Rock: So terribly sad to hear of my friend Troy Gentry’s untimely passing.

Here is a video of Troy Gentry and Eddie Montgomery at their very best: “Gone.”

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