Two Crushing Losses to Country Music in One Day

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Two devastating losses to the country music community.

FOX's Michelle Pollino reports:

The country music community is mourning the loss of two country stars. Don Williams was one of the most the distinctive song stylists in Nashville. In the 70's he made his chart debut with 'The Shelter of Your Eyes' and was soon hitting the charts time and time again with much more laid back sound that was coming out of Nashville in the 70's and early 80's. But from that point on, all the way through 1991, each Williams single would hit the Top 40 on the Billboard country charts, but one of his became an instant classic and was copied by many artists.

"Livin' on Tulsa time."

Williams died after a short illness. He was 78-years-old.

And country fans are also mourning the death of Troy Gentry, one half of the country duo Montgomery Gentry. The guitar and banjo playing Gentry died in a helicopter crash in Medford, New Jersey. 

 The statement on the band's Twitter says the accident occurred around 1 p.m. Eastern Friday. The duo was scheduled to perform Friday night at the Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford. Details of the crash are unknown and the family is acknowledging fans thoughts and prayers and is asking for privacy this time. Troy's band mate Eddie Montgomery was not on board the copter. Identity of the other victim was not revealed. Gentry was only 50-years-old.

In Hollywood, Michelle Pollino, FOX News.

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