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Sep 08

A stunned country music community reacts to the loss of both Don Williams and Troy Gentry

Sugar Hill Records/Blaster RecordsPerhaps Josh Turner said it best:  “It’s a heavy day for country music.” 

The South Carolina native was just one of many stars who shared their condolences on social media, after news broke Friday that both Country-Music-Hall of Famer Don Williams and Montgomery Gentry‘s Troy Gentry were gone. 

The 78-year-old Williams died after a short illness. 50-year-old Gentry was killed in a helicopter crash in New Jersey. 

Here’s how the country music family reacted to the deaths of both Don Williams and Troy Gentry:

Josh Turner:  “I’m speechless. Pray with me for the family of Don Williams & especially the family of Troy Gentry. It’s a heavy day for country music.”

Big & Rich:  “2 legends lost at once. Troy Gentry and Don Williams will be missed so much. Praying for their families and may they rest in peace.” 

Lee Brice:  “The world changed today. Country music lost both a Friend and a Hero. Troy Gentry and Don Williams, you both will be dearly missed.”

Jerrod Niemann:  “No! Not Don Williams & Troy Gentry. My thoughts & prayers go out to their families. Thank u for the amazing music & for inspiring us all.”

Easton Corbin:  “Just heard the news about Don Williams and Troy Gentry. Country music lost a hero and a friend today. My heart goes out to all.”

Dylan Scott:  “Man, sad day in country music. Thoughts and prayers go out to the families of both Don Williams and Troy Gentry.”

Here’s how Troy Gentry’s friends remembered him:

Blake Shelton:  ‘Found this picture of me and my old friend Troy a few days ago.. I am heart broken.’

Jason Aldean:  “Shocked to hear the news about Troy Gentry today. When I was coming up as a new artist, he and Eddie were always extremely cool and supportive of me and my career and I will always have nothing but respect for those guys. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans. RIP ‘T-Roy'”

Brad Paisley:  “God bless you Troy Gentry. Heartbroken and in disbelief.”

Rascal Flatts:  “Shocked and saddened by the sudden, tragic loss of Troy today. He was a friend and a good man. Prayers go out to his precious family.”

Brothers Osborne:  “So tragic. Met him a few times and he was so kind and welcoming. Great singer and even better person. Thoughts and prayers to his family.”

Chris Janson:  “Jesus, be with Troy’s family. Troy was a GREAT human, I was glad to know him, and this loss hurts my heart.”

Maren Morris:  “Horrible. My thoughts are with his family.”

Dan + Shay‘s Shay Mooney:  “Praying for Troy Gentry’s family in this time of tragedy…heart broken. “

LOCASH:  “Heartbroken & Devastated to hear the news about our brother Troy Gentry. Our thoughts & prayers are with him & his family. Troys friendship & encouragement to us will never be forgotten. Rest Peacefully Brother.”

Charlie Daniels:  “I remember the night I got to tell Troy and Eddie they were going to become members of the Grand Ol Opry. So sad.”

Kristian Bush:  “Stunned. Sending all my love to the Gentry family, his friends, fans, and Eddie.”

William Michael Morgan:  “Only met Troy once. He couldn’t have been any nicer. So sad! Prayers for his family, Eddie, & all his fans!”

David Nail:  “RIP Troy Gentry. This has absolutely stopped me in my tracks. He was always super to me through the years. So sad!”

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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