Canadian country music star George Canyon says he’s devastated to learn that his friend and fellow pilot crashed into a house and died shortly after flying him to a show in northeastern Alberta.
Canyon’s publicist, Anya Wilson, says the singer was dropped off with his tour manager in Lloydminster on Saturday for a performance of “The Huron Carole” in the city that evening.
The pilot then took off for High River, south of Calgary, but the Cessna 210 slammed into the ground shortly after takeoff and slid into a house.
A person who was in the house wasn’t hurt, but the pilot was killed.
Wilson says Canyon learned of the tragedy about dinner time, not long before the show.
Transport Canada is investigating the cause of the crash.
“I have just lost a dear friend who was not just an aviation buddy. We shared an interest in sports and often played hockey together,” Canyon, who lives in High River, said in a statement released Sunday.
“He and I have flown many times all over the place. I am devastated with the news and my prayers and thoughts are all with his family and friends.”