Kenny Chesney Mourns the Loss of a ‘Sweet Friend’ After Helicopter Crash

Kenny Chesney and Maria Rodriguez; Photo via Instagram

Kenny Chesney is mourning the loss of a dear friend following a tragic helicopter crash on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

The superstar took to social media to pay tribute to his friend Maria Rodriguez, admitting it was a “very hard goodbye.”

“She was a dear friend to me and to our island community,” he wrote alongside a series of photos. “I have been flying with Maria for over 15 years and we shared a lot of laughs and a lot of life together.”


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“She was always the first person I saw when I landed and the last person I said goodbye to when I would leave island,” he continued. “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.”

According to the St. Thomas Source, four people were killed following a helicopter crash in the Botany Bay area of St. Thomas on Monday afternoon. The incident reportedly took place at approximately 3 p.m. local time. Multiple government agencies responded to the scene. 

Chesney closed his post with a final message to Maria.

“So goodbye sweet friend. I’m sure glad our paths crossed on this side. See you on the other.”

Chesney spends quite a bit of his time in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He recently opened up about his love for the island lifestyle during an interview with The Bobby Bones Show

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