Eddie Montgomery, Rascal Flatts and Dierks Bentley Honor Troy Gentry with Performance of ‘My Town’ at 2017 CMAs

Two months after his tragic death, Troy Gentry‘s former bandmate and best friend Eddie Montgomery was joined on stage by Rascal Flatts and Dierks Bentley to perform a tribute performance of “My Town” at the 2017 CMA Awards.

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Eddie Montgomery performs onstage at the 51st annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. John Shearer/WireImage

Gentry, who died in a helicopter crash at the age of 50 on September 8, was part of Montgomery Gentry for 20 years at the time of his passing. Gentry’s widow, Angie Gentry, and their 15-year-old daughter, Kaylee, walked the red carpet before the show. During the performance, the cameras panned to Kaylee and her mother, both very emotional.

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“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 which took place at approximately 1:00pm today in Medford, New Jersey,” the band wrote on Twitter at the time of Gentry’s passing. “The duo was scheduled to perform tonight at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford. Troy Gentry was 50-years-old. 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.”

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Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry performs during Keith Urban’s Fourth annual We’re All For The Hall benefit concert at Bridgestone Arena on April 16, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. Frederick Breedon IV/Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The country singer’s memorial took place at The Grand Ole Opry on September 14 where multiple country stars paid their respects. Vince Gill performed “Whenever You Come Around” at the memorial. “I hope you’ll lean on this [Opry] family,” Gill said. “It’s a good one. And don’t disappear. Let this family love you.”

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Montgomery took to Twitter hours before the CMAs to give an update. “Hey Guys. I know it’s been a while but it has been a very emotional time, but you will be hearing from soon,” he wrote. “Our new music is coming out and I hope you’ll give it a listen. Me and T-Roy were very proud of this new cd.”

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