The Grand Ole Opry joined the grieving world of country music with a video tribute to Troy Gentry, who died on Friday (Sept. 8).

"Forever a part of our #Opry family. Troy Gentry, thank you for the memories and the music. Our stage will never be the same," the Opry shared on their Instagram account. Readers can click play above to watch the video, which features clips of Gentry on and offstage at the Opry.

Montgomery Gentry, the duo made up of Troy Gentry and Eddie Montgomery, were inducted into the Opry in 2009.

Troy Gentry was killed on Friday afternoon (Sept. 8) in a helicopter crash in Medford, N.J., at the Flying W Airport & Resort. The duo was scheduled to perform at the Flying W on Friday night.

“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,” a press release from the duo’s record label, Average Joes Entertainment, states. “Details of the crash are unknown. Troy Gentry’s family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time.”

Gentry was removed from the wreckage at the scene but was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, USA Today reports. Eddie Montgomery, Gentry’s duo partner, was at the airport when the helicopter crashed, along with members of their band, and they were taken to the hospital to see Gentry.

In addition to Gentry, the helicopter’s pilot, James Evan Robinson, died in the crash. Crews worked for hours to remove his body from the wreck.

Gentry is survived by his wife, Angie, and his two daughters, Kaylee and Taylor.

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