Friday was a rough day for country music, with the losses of both Montgomery Gentry singer Troy Gentry, who died in a helicopter crash at age 50, and Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams, who perished after a short illness at age 78.
Reeling from the one-two punch, country musicians took to social media en masse to express their grief.
“Startin’ With Me” singer Jake Owen said that the deaths made “my heart hurt.”
“Sad day for country music. Troy Gentry and Don Williams have passed and that makes my heart hurt. Don was my hero and Troy was my friend,” Owen wrote.
“RIP Troy Gentry. Absolutely tragic. Thoughts + prayers out to his family,” country duo Dan + Shay tweeted.
“A Woman Like You” singer Lee Brice reflected that “the world changed today,” adding, “Country music lost both a Friend and a Hero. Troy Gentry and Don Williams, you both will be dearly missed.”
Easton Corbin offered similar thoughts, tweeting, “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.”
“No! Not Don Williams & Troy Gentry,” lamented Jerrod Miemann. “My thoughts & prayers go out to their families. Thank u for the amazing music & for inspiring us all.”
Terri Clark described herself as “absolutely numb” over Gentry’s death, writing, “Troy Gentry is someone I considered a friend, and we are all absolutely numb right now. Sending love to his wife Angie and their children.”
Outlaw-country star Shooter Jennings said he was “stunned, angry and upset” over the day’s events.
“Sad about Don Williams but Troy Gentry was my friend. I had great times with him,” Jennings wrote. “I’m stunned, angry and upset at the moment. I’ll miss you.”
“My heart is broken!” Travis Tritt wrote. “Troy Gentry was a dear friend! My love and sympathy to Angie and his family at this tragic time. “
Read more reactions — and watch Williams perform his classic “Tulsa Time” — below.
Sad day for country music. Troy Gentry and Don Williams have passed and that makes my heart hurt. Don was my hero and Troy was my friend
– Jake Owen (@jakeowen) September 8, 2017
RIP Troy Gentry. Absolutely tragic. Thoughts + prayers out to his family. ??'”
– Dan + Shay (@DanAndShay) September 8, 2017
The world changed today. Country music lost both a Friend and a Hero. Troy Gentry and Don Williams, you both will be dearly missed..
– Lee Brice (@leebrice) September 8, 2017
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.
– Easton Corbin (@eastoncorbin) September 8, 2017
Just heard about Troy Gentry… I literally have no words. Have known him for years and played so many shows with him and Eddie… #prayers
– ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) September 8, 2017
The band and I so sad to hear about Troy Gentry. We were just with them boys two weeks ago. God bless him and his family and band family.
– SammyKershaw (@SammyKershaw) September 8, 2017
Troy Gentry is someone I considered a friend, and we are all absolutely numb right now. Sending love to his wife Angie and their children.
– Terri Clark (@TerriClarkMusic) September 8, 2017
Sad about Don Williams but Troy Gentry was my friend. I had great times with him. I’m stunned, angry and upset at the moment. I’ll miss you.
– Shooter Jennings (@ShooterJennings) September 8, 2017
RIP Troy Gentry….So heartbroken and speechless. Praying for friends and family ????????
– Danielle Bradbery (@DBradbery) September 8, 2017
Man they just don’t make em any nicer than Troy Gentry. He was always very very kind. Just can’t believe it. What a loss.
– Randy Houser (@RandyHouser) September 8, 2017
My heart is broken! Troy Gentry was a dear friend! My love and sympathy to Angie and his family at this tragic time. pic.twitter.com/JZOTsYlme6
– Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) September 8, 2017
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.
– Big & Rich (@bigandrich) September 8, 2017
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The actor, who appeared on "SCTV" and later joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in 1981, died of a heart attack on Jan. 10 at the age of 62.
William Peter Blatty
The author of the famed horror novel "The Exorcist," died from cancer on Jan. 12 at the age of 89.
The actor who starred in the original Broadway production of "Bye Bye Birdie" and played the role of Hymie the Robot on "Get Smart" died on Jan. 13 at the age of 85.
Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka
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The "NCIS: Los Angeles" star who played the role of Owen Granger died Jan. 19 from cancer at the age of 61.
Lee O'Denat aka "Q"
The founder and CEO of music and culture website WorldStarHipHop, Lee O'Denat, died on Jan. 23 in his sleep at the age of 43, according to TMZ.Getty Images
Mary Tyler Moore
The legendary six-time Emmy-winning star of the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show" died on Jan. 25 at the age of 80.
The American actor, best known for playing a private eye on the long-running CBS action series "Mannix" (1967-75), died on January 26 at age 91.Getty Images
The actress best known for her role as legal secretary Della Street on the long-running legal drama “Perry Mason,” died Jan. 27 at the age of 94.
According to the Washington Post, Hale died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The Oscar-nominated British actor whose career spanned six decades and starred in “The Elephant Man,” "Alien" and three "Harry Potter" movies died at the age of 77 on January 27. Hurt had been battling pancreatic cancer since 2015.Getty Images
Best known for playing Captain Apollo on the 1970s sci-fi television series “Battlestar Galactica,” Hatch died at the age of 71 following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer on Feb. 7.
The senior business correspondent and host of “Bulls and Bears” for the Fox News Channel, Brenda Buttner died on Feb. 20 after a battle with cancer at the age of 55.
The 7-foot, 7-inch Fingleton died Feb. 25 at age 36. He was best known for his role as the giant called Mag the Mighty on "Game of Thrones" and was Europe's tallest man.
The star of "Aliens" and "Titanic" died Feb. 26 due to complications from surgery. He was 61 years old.
Film historian and longtime host on Turner Classic Movies, Robert Osborne died Mar. 6 at the age of 84.
A member of the 1970's musical group, Sister Sledge, known for their single “We Are Family," Sledge died Mar. 10 at 60-years-old.Getty Images
Felicia O’Dell, better known as Chef Sista Girl or Auntie Fee, was a viral YouTube sensation known for her "good ass chicken" died Mar. 17 after suffering a heart attack. She was 59-years-old.YouTube
Chuck Berry, singer and songwriter of rock and roll classics such as “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Johnny B. Goode” died Mar. 18 at the age of 90.
The famed comic book artist known for co-creating the DC comic book monster Swamp Thing died Mar. 19 after a long battle with brain cancer at 68-years-old.
The Pulitzer-winning reporter and columnist whose life was as outsized as the New York City characters he depicted and exposed in print, died Mar. 19 at the age of 88.
He was known for reporting on letters he received from “Son of Sam” serial killer, David Berkowitz in 1977 and exposed one of the city’s worst corruption scandals in the ’80s.
The "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" mom died Mar. 26 peacefully in her sleep at the age of 69.
Legendary stand-up comedian and actor best known as an insult comic, Rickles died Apr. 7 at the age of 90.
The actor and comedian -- the older brother of Eddie Murphy who was best known for his incredibly memorable stints on "Chappelle's Show" -- died April 12 from complications from leukemia.
Best known for playing Ron Howard’s kid sister in the classic 1970s sitcom “Happy Days,” Moran died Apr. 22 at the age of 56.
The Oscar winning director of "The Silence of the Lambs" died Apr. 26 from esophageal cancer at the age of 73.
One of the stars of Disney’s 2004 film “Miracle,” Mantenuto died at the age of 35 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Apr. 24.
The Emmy-winning character actor, who had memorable stints on "Deadwood," "24," and "Nashville," died in his sleep of natural causes at age 68 on May 14.
The longtime producer, who also served as chairman and CEO of Paramount for 12 years, died May 14 of cancer at age 59.
The former Fox News Chief, who resigned from the company in July after former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit that resulted in multiple women coming forward with similar claims died on May 18 at the age of 77.
According to a family friend who spoke with CNN, Ailes fell at his home in Palm Beach, Florida last week, suffered complications, and slipped into a coma.
The organist and singer for The Allman Brothers, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Gregg Allman died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Savannah, Georgia, at the age of 69, according to his official website. Allman helped create the Southern Rock genre, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Best known as Caitlin Bree in the 1994 film “Clerks,” Spoonauer died at the age of 44. The film's director, Kevin Smith, reported the news on June 6.
The titular star of TV’s “Batman” from 1966-1968 died after battling leukemia at the age of 88 on June 9.
The star of “Ed Wood,” “North by Northwest” and the ’60s TV series “Mission: Impossible” died July 15 at the age of 89 after experiencing unexpected complications during a short hospitalization.
The famed horror director who invented the modern zombie movie with 1968’s “Night of the Living Dead,” died July 16 at age 77 after a short battle with lung cancer.
The author, playwright and actor, died on July 27 from complications of ALS. He was 73 years old.
The actor, best known for playing Cornelius Fudge in the “Harry Potter” film franchise, died Aug. 3 at the age of 91.
A Broadway star and a beloved cabaret and concert performer, died at the age of 89 from respiratory failure on Aug. 8
The actor, director, playwright, and Oscar-nominated screenwriter died Aug. 13 at the age of 82 after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.
The famed comedian and civil rights activist died Aug. 19 at the age of 84 from heart failure.
One of Hollywood’s most famous comedians known for being one-half of a legendary comedy duo with Dean Martin, died Aug. 20 at the age of 91.
The Tony Award-winning writer of “Annie,” “Hairspray” and “The Producers,” has died at the age of 88 on Aug. 22
Known for roles on “Cheers” and “Murphy Brown,” Thomas died Aug. 24 at age 69 after a long battle with cancer.
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