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Eddie Montgomery remained silent for weeks after Troy Gentry’s passing, but the country singer recently agreed to be interviewed for the first time since his bandmate died.

Since Gentry’s death, Montgomery has made a few appearances but has refrained from going into detail about that fateful day — until now.

People Magazine recently interviewed the country star about the events leading up to the September 8 helicopter crash.

Montgomery remembers receiving a text from the Flying W Airport and Resort in New Jersey about a week before their scheduled performance. The resort informed the country duo that they had helicopter rides and Gentry and Montgomery wanted to take the resort up on the offer.

Gentry boarded the helicopter hours before Montgomery Gentry was to take the stage. Sadly, he would never step foot on stage.

Moments after take-off, the aircraft experienced problems with the engine. The pilot tried to correct the issue, to no avail. After signaling that he was experiencing engine trouble, the pilot had hoped to glide the chopper down to the ground. With firefighters en route, sadly the helicopter crashed to the ground before help arrived.

The pilot died on impact, but Gentry was extricated from the helicopter and rushed to a nearby hospital. He died a short time later, with Montgomery sitting beside his hospital bed.

Montgomery admits he lost part of his soul on the day Gentry passed away. The two were more than bandmates, they were best buds. He added that the day he lost T-Roy was horrific and that his world has forever been changed. Undoubtedly, Montgomery will carry those haunting memories with him for the rest of his life.

Montgomery knows the best way to honor Gentry and keep the good memories alive is to continue on. It’s what Gentry would have wanted him to do.

Montgomery Gentry’s album Here’s to You is slated to be released in February of 2018.

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