The family of Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry acknowledges the kindness of fans and friends in shock over the singer's death and requests additional prayers as they grieve.

The 50-year-old singer died in a helicopter crash on Friday (Sept. 8). He was one of two passengers onboard a helicopter that went down in Medford, N.J. Both people died, although the second person — presumably the pilot — has not been named.

Montgomery Gentry's record label confirmed the news in the following statement to media on Friday afternoon:

It is with great sadness that we confirm that Troy Gentry, half of the popular country duo, Montgomery Gentry, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash which took place at approximately 1PM today in Medford, New Jersey. The duo was scheduled to perform tonight at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford. Troy Gentry was 50 years old.

Details of the crash are unknown at this time.

"Troy Gentry's family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time," a representative at Average Joe's writes.

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Gentry leaves behind his wife of nearly 18 years, Angie, and two daughters Taylor and Kaylee. Taylor is a daughter from a previous marriage, while Kaylee was born in 2002. Her name is a combination of Troy and Angie's middle names.

"Before children," he once said, "the social scene was more important to me. Now I’d rather be home with my family than out all night. Angie and I have date nights, of course. But I travel a lot for work, so I find comfort here at home."

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