Helicopter crash kills country singer Troy Gentry and pilot

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2011 file photo, Eddie Montgomery, left, and Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry arrive at the 45th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Gentry, one half of the award-winning country music duo Montgomery Gentry, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in a helicopter crash, according to a statement from the band’s website. He was 50. The group was supposed to perform Friday at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford, N.J. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

The Associated Press

Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House on Thursday will host a celebration of the life of country music star Troy Gentry, who died last week in a helicopter accident.

The service will be open to the public. Gentry, one half of the duo Montgomery Gentry, was killed Friday in a helicopter crash in Medford, N.J., just before the group was set to perform.

Formed in Lexington, Ky., Montgomery Gentry had been performing for more than two decades, producing hits such as Hillbilly Shoes, Something to Be Proud Of, and Gone. They were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2009.

Gentry, who was 50, is survived by his wife and two daughters. 

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