It's always a tragedy when a person dies before their time, and when the death happens unexpectedly — as in the cases of those who die in vehicle crashes — the death is especially shocking to those who love them.

These 19 country artists and music industry members lost their lives while trying to get from Point A to Point B — whether that means they died in a plane crash, bus crash, helicopter crash or car crash. Quite a few of the artists on this list died while traveling for work: One met her end while on a simple drive from her house to her gig at the Grand Ole Opry, while three separate stars tragically lost their lives together, on board a plane headed back to Nashville after a gig.

Some of these crashes happened while the artist in question was doing something they did regularly — for example, John Denver was a seasoned pilot whose plane went down after unexpected problems arose — while others died in senseless, one-off accidents. Who could forget how a simple pleasure excursion in a helicopter led to the untimely death of Troy Gentry — one half of Montgomery Gentry — in 2017?

Flip through the gallery below, and take a moment to remember the beloved country greats we lost in vehicle-based tragedies.

19 Country Artists Who Died in Tragic Crashes

Flip through the gallery below to remember the talented country musicians who died in bus, plane, motorcycle and car accidents. Though they may be gone, their memory lives on in the music they left behind.

Gallery Credit: Carena Liptak

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