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 Associated Press reported Gentry was pronounced dead at a hospital; several details of the helicopter trip, including its purpose, remain unknown.

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:

But perhaps the most poignant shares from a country music star is a picture that Blake Shelton posted:

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.

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