Country music stars Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean have a strong bond as many in the music industry do.
Chesney recently lost a dear friend to a tragic helicopter crash and Aldean sent his best wishes to his friend. In a social media post on Monday, Chesney says he had to say a tough goodbye to a longtime friend. In the post, Chesney says he has known and flown with the crash victim for many years and calls it a “very hard goodbye” to his friend.
After posting his goodbye on social media and attaching a photo of himself and Maria Rodriguez, a swelling of support came in. Many of Chesney’s fans used the post’s comment section to express their condolences to the woman’s family and friends.
Among those were Aldean, who offered up prayers for the young woman’s friends and family. Chesney made the Instagram post on Monday after learning of his friend’s tragic death.
“@kennychesney sorry to hear that buddy,” he writes in the comments. “Praying for her family and friends.”
Kenny Chesney Says Goodbye to Longtime Friend in Post
“Today I have to say a very hard goodbye to my friend Maria Rodriguez in the Virgin Islands,” Chesney says on Instagram. “Maria and others were killed today in a helicopter crash in St Thomas. She was a dear friend to me and our island community.”
The 52-year-old East Tennessee says his friend will be greatly missed by him and others. He pays tribute to Rodriguez with a photo of her and himself next to a helicopter.
“I have been flying with Maria for over 15 years and we shared a lot of laughs and a lot of life together,” he says. “She was always the first person I saw when I landed and the last person I said goodbye to when I would leave the island. I’m sure going to miss that. It’s fair to say I won’t ever be able to go to the Virgin Islands again without feeling the loss of her. She was such a huge part of my island life.”
He ends the Instagram post with a somber goodbye to his departed friend.
“So goodbye sweet friend,” he write. “I’m sure glad our paths crossed on this side. See you on the other.”