Troy Gentry, of the popular country duo Montgomery Gentry, has died Friday at the age of 50 years, in a helicopter crash in Medford, New Jersey, according to a statement posted on the band’s official website.

Gentry was scheduled to perform in New Jersey on Friday evening with his partner Eddie Montgomery. The helicopter was said to have crashed while on its way to the airport and the pilot also died at the scene.

"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," the band said in a statement.

They added: "Troy Gentry's family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time."

The Flying W Airport and Resort Restaurant and Bar, where the band Montgomery Gentry was scheduled to perform on Friday, announced on their Facebook page that they would be closed for the rest of the day, the Independent reported.

Gentry and his partner have enjoyed a series of country music hits throughout the 2000s, which included five number ones. Gentry was born in Lexington, Kentucky on April 5, 1967. Gentry's singing partner Eddie Montgomery earlier formed the band called "Early Tymz" with Eddie's brother John Michael Montgomery. However, John went to become a solo country singer. Gentry also tried his hand as a solo singer, but later reunited with Montgomery to become the famous duo, "Montgomery Gentry."

The country star has an estimated net worth at $8 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He was a graduate of Lexington Community College and he had also studied at the University of Kentucky, where he majored in marketing and business management.

The duo was known for some of their singles, which were chart toppers such as "If You Ever Stop Loving Me", "Something to Be Proud Of", "Lucky Man", "Back When I Knew It All" and "Roll with Me."

In 1999, the band signed with Columbia Records' Nashville division and released their first single "Hillbilly Shoes" and the Top 5 follow-up "Lonely and Gone," which were both from the album "Tattoos & Scars" in the same year, according to Rolling Stone.

In 2000, they were named the ACM's Duo of the Year and had been nominated for the award several times in the years that followed. Their next album, in 2001 named "Carrying On," produced the Number Two hit "She Couldn't Change Me."

The band made it to the top of charts in 2002, when they released a pair of Top 5 hits in "My Town" and "Speed" that was said to have been a combination of the electrified edge of Southern rock along with popular country themes of small town life, family and embracing the good times. In 2004, the duo got their first Number One with the outlaw's love story "If You Ever Stop Loving Me" from their album called "You Do Your Thing."

Following the tragic news of Gentry's death, recording artists Sheryl Crow, Josh Turner and Brad Paisley were among several others, who paid tribute to the singer on social media.

Gentry has been survived by his wife named Angie and he also has two daughters. His funeral arrangements have not been disclosed yet.