Kenny Chesney says goodbye to a buddy who died in a helicopter crash close to the Virgin Islands

Kenny Chesney had to say goodbye to one of his close friends, Maria Rodriguez, who died in a helicopter crash near the Virgin Islands on Monday, a report in People Magazine revealed today. The outlet picked up a social media post from the legendary country singer telling the sad story.

Through his IG on Monday night, Kenny explained how his longtime friend and several others had died in a helicopter crash in St. Thomas. The 52-year-old singer-songwriter wrote that she was a “dear friend” not only to him, but also to many others who lived in the area.

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Chesney went on to post that she was “always the first person” he saw when he landed on the islands and also the last person he said goodbye to. Maria was a big part of his life in the islands, noted the country singer.

According to People Magazine, the Virgin Islands Emergency Management Agency confirmed that four people were killed in the crash, which occurred around 3:14 p.m. local time. ABC was the first to take up this information.

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Before disclosing the identity of the victims to the public, the authorities will first speak to the families. According to People Magazine, the country singer has always liked the Caribbean islands, among some other publications, in fact, he wrote a lot of songs about it.

When Hurricane Ima came to the islands four years ago in 2017, Kenny Chesney wrote a love song for her, and proceeds from his next album went to the Love for Love City Fund, a charity he founded for the Caribbean islands.

In a June 2018 statement, Kenny wrote that the devastation of the communities there was too great and decided to help through his charity. Chesney explained how No Shoes Nation showed him how people can work together to help those in need, even when they don’t know each other.

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