Tyler Hubbard Recalls Father’s Helicopter Crash in Message to Troy Gentry’s Family
Florida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard says he couldn’t help but recall his own father’s death in a helicopter crash when he heard about Montgomery Gentry‘s Troy Gentry’s death on Friday afternoon (Sept. 8).
The singer posted a selfie-style video to Instagram in which he gives some advice to Gentry’s family. Trust God, he says.
“There’s a lot of joy, there’s a lot of peace, there’s a lot of understanding if you lean into the Lord,” Hubbard says, speaking with red eyes but a firm voice. “It’s a crazy joy that only God can give.” Roy Hubbard was only 43 when he died in a helicopter crash, which Tyler and his family witnessed.
“My heart breaks, my heart hurts,” Hubbard says before wrapping with, “For Troy, I love you, you’ll be missed. And say ‘Hi’ to my dad up there.”
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Gentry was one of two people killed when a helicopter crashed near an airport in Medford, N.J. on Friday. A 911 call indicates that the chopper had a mechanical issue and hovered for a short bit in an attempt to allow emergency crews to respond. It crashed in a wooded swamp just off the runway. Gentry was taken to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The pilot, James Evan Robinson, died at the scene. Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery was at the airport when the crash happened, but it’s not clear if he witnessed it. The duo were scheduled to play a nearby venue on Friday night.
Montgomery Gentry are one of country music’s most successful duos, with more than a dozen Top 10 singles throughout the 2000s. “Hell Yeah,” “Gone” and “Something to Be Proud Of” are their most well-known hits.
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