Country star Luke Bell dead at 32 as his body is found in Tucson more than a WEEK after he was reported missing
Country star Luke Bell has died at 32 after his body was found in Tucson, Arizona, after he was first reported missing a week ago.
Bell’s cause of death has yet to be revealed but police confirmed the Glory and the Grace singer’s body was found nine days after he was last seen and the investigation remains active, The Sun reports.
Saving Country Music reported Monday that the Hold Me crooner’s friends were worried about him because he had not been seen or heard from since August 20.
Mourning: The world of country music is mourning the death of Luke Bell who has died at the age of 32. No cause of death has been released
According to musician Matt Kinman, who traveled to Tucson with Bell, ‘we came down here to Arizona, to work down here, play some music, and he just took off. He was in the back of the truck. I went in to get something to eat. I came out, and he’d got out of the truck and left.’
Bell suffered from bipolar disorder and according to Kinman, who had been caring for the artist for several years, the medication he took to control his condition had been recently changed.
Grieving fans posted comments of condolence such as, ‘Rest in piece mr rattle snake man,’ ‘So so sad, his light burnt so bright but too fast,’ and ‘Gone way too soon, hope you have found peace’ on Bell’s social media.
Missing: The Hold Me crooner was last seen in Tucson, Arizona August 20, according to musician and caretaker Matt Kinman
Luke Bell was born in Lexington, Kentucky January 27, 1990 and raised in Cody, Wyoming.
After graduating from high school in 2008, Bell moved to Laramie for college and began performing in a local bar band. A chance meeting with singer and songwriter Pat Reedy opened up the idea of making a go a music, according to an interview with Saving Country Music.
The budding musician then moved to Austin, Texas where he would hone his skills at the Hole in the Wall bar, meeting artists such as Mike and the Moonpies, Leo Rondeau, and Ramsey Midwood.
Bipolar: The Glory and the Grace singer suffered from bipolar disorder and according to Kinman, his medication had been changed recently
The struggling singer eventually made it to Nashville and released his self-titled debut album in 2012.
A review from Wyoming Public Media called it ‘an excellent concoction of old time southern country, lighthearted bluegrass, and dramatic, soulful blues.’
He followed that with 2014’s full-length album, Don’t Mind If I Do. Bell’s last album, also titled Luke Bell, was released in 2016, around the time he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Albums: The Loretta singer and songwriter released three well received albums during his career beginning with his self-titled debut in 2012, followed by Don’t Mind If I Do in 2014 and another album called Luke Bell in 2016
The Loretta artist’s final concert was at the Equiblues Festival in Saint Agrève, France, which took place in August 2017.
Video from the performance is the last post he made on Instagram.
The singer and songwriter continued to create music. His final single, Jealous Guy, was released in 2021.