Kenny Chesney is honouring his late friend after her tragic death during a helicopter crash on the Virgin Islands. 

The country music star took to Instagram to share a slideshow of photographs dedicated to Maria Rodriguez. 

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“Today I have to say a very hard goodbye to my friend Maria Rodriguez in the Virgin Islands. Maria and others were killed today in a helicopter crash in St. Thomas,” wrote the singer. 

“She was a dear friend to me and to our island community,” he continued. “I have been flying with Maria for over 15 years and we shared a lot of laughs and a lot of life together. She was always the first person I saw when I landed and the last person I said goodbye to when I would leave 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.”

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The crash on St. Thomas reportedly took four lives, including that of Rodriguez.

The St. Thomas Source reported that the incident took place on Monday, Feb. 15 at about 3 p.m. local time.

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