On Friday, fans of the country group Montgomery Gentry were devastated when, hours before a scheduled performance in New Jersey, Troy Gentry died in a fatal helicopter crash.
The band confirmed the devastating news on its Facebook page:
In light of the tragedy, several celebrities familiar with the chart-topping singer took to Twitter to dole out their condolences:
— Jason Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) September 8, 2017
I’m so thankful that I got to see Troy Gentry 3 weeks ago & tell him I loved him! Always hug your loved ones and tell them they are loved!
— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) September 9, 2017
— Charles Kelley (@charleskelleyla) September 9, 2017
It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart to hear of the death of my long time friend Troy Gentry,
— John M. Montgomery (@JM2Squared) September 8, 2017
Man they just don’t make em any nicer than Troy Gentry. He was always very very kind. Just can’t believe it. What a loss.
— Randy Houser (@RandyHouser) September 8, 2017
But perhaps the most poignant shares from a country music star is a picture that Blake Shelton posted:
Found this picture of me and my old friend Troy a few days ago.. I am heart broken. pic.twitter.com/J3mT86DIaa
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) September 8, 2017
According to the tweet, Shelton and Gentry were dear friends.
Back in 2003, the pair contributed to Tracy Byrd’s single, “The Truth About Men,” charting on the country top 20. The single was then nominated for the “Vocal Event of the Year” by the Country Music Association.
The “Hell Yeah” singer is survived by his wife, Angie, and his daughters, Kaylee and Taylor, UsWeekly reported. Gentry was 50 years old.