On Monday, it was confirmed that country music star Luke Bell was found dead in Tucson, Arizona, after having been missing for over a week. Bell was 32.
Saving Country Music reported that the singer-songwriter’s friend and fellow musician, Matt Kinman, confirmed the “heartbreaking” news that Bell had passed away.
The Tuscon Police Department told the New York Post that Bell was found dead near the location where he had been reported missing on Aug. 20. The cause of death is unknown.
Kinman reportedly told music blog the Boot that Bell had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and that a recent medication change may have “played a role” in his disappearance.
Bell was born in Kentucky in 1990, but was raised primarily in Cody, Wyoming. He made his way to Nashville, recording his first album, “Don’t mind if I do,” in 2014. He became known in the honky-tonk scene and performed “regularly at the infamous Santa’s Pub,” according to Saving Country Music.
Bell would go on to open for country music legends such as Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr. and Dwight Yoakam, and in February of 2018, Luke Bell reappeared in Memphis, Tennessee, where he won Best Honky Tonk Male at the Ameripolitan Awards.
Some of his fellow country artists took to social media to react to the news.
“Man…Luke Bell…what the f***. RIP to a real one,” Joshua Hedley shared on Twitter. “Been a long time since I saw him and I was just talking about him the other day wondering what he’s been up to. Truly a sad night for country music.”
“Rest In Peace to our old friend [Luke Bell],” Erin Rae tweeted. “Heartbroken for him.”
A 2016 interview with the Boot gave followers a look at the life and mind of the late country star.
“To be honest, I live in the day, and I count smiles,” Bell said at the time. “That’s it. Listen, half the time, I end up drinking beer with my neighbors. Life’s not that bad. The downside, in some ways, is I don’t have a wife and kids, but at the same time, it’s pretty ideal right now. I just travel around to other cities and hang out with other people.”
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