Luke Bell, good friend, and fellow country musician Matt Kinman reported him missing on August 20.
Police in Tucson, Arizona, have verified to Fox News Digital that country music artist Luke Bell has passed away. He was 32.
On August 26 at about 1 p.m. local time, an official with the Tucson Police Department claimed that police had responded to a complaint of an “unresponsive” guy near the 5500 block of E. Grant Road.
Country singer-songwriter Luke Bell is dead
The police and fire department rushed to help the unconscious man, but he was later declared dead on the spot. The male body was identified as that of Lucas Bell on August 29.
Bell’s death has been officially ruled “unknown,” and a death inquiry has been initiated.
The Saving Country Music blog posted on Sunday that the “Ragtime Troubles” singer hadn’t been seen since August 20th in the 4th Avenue area of Tucson. The article claims he disappeared while on a vacation to Tucson with his buddy and fellow country music artist Matt Kinman.
To quote Kinman: “We came down here to Arizona to work down here, perform some music, and he just took off. The man was located in the truck’s cargo hold. As I was hungry, I decided to go inside. Once I stepped foot outside, he had already gotten out of the vehicle and walked away.
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The blog post also mentioned Bell’s bipolar condition. According to a report from Saving Country Music, Kinman revealed on Tuesday that the Wyoming native’s body had been discovered close to the area of Tucson where he had gone missing.
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Bell, the publication claims, “hiding a major struggle with a bipolar disease that he eventually would never shake” and had previously vanished on many occasions. His fate was predicted by the website as “hospitals or at times incarceration.”
A sad day for our Country Music community. Sending our thoughts and sympathies to Luke Bell's family, friends, and fans. https://t.co/Mm36RSJbIV
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Over the previous year and a half, though, medicine and therapy have helped improve his health. But Kinman said that Bell’s medication had just been changed, which he believed may have led to Bell’s disappearance.
Social media quickly became inundated with condolences to the musician when the news of his death spread.
After learning of Luke Bell’s death, Mike and the Moonpies shared their sadness with fans on Facebook.
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Even the clothing on Luke’s back from our initial meeting at Hole in the Wall more than a decade ago is still seared into my memory. A lasting impact was made by the guy (and his music). Out on the abandoned roadway, he was a genuine wandering troubadour. Remember Luke Bell tonight by listening to some of his music. Dear Friend, May You Rest In Peace.
Margo Price, a singer-songwriter, tweeted a video of Bell singing in 2015 with the caption, “Goddamn, rest [easy] to our beloved buddy, Luke Bell,” followed by a broken heart emoji.
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Cody, Wyoming native Bell shot to fame as a country music star with the release of his first album, “Don’t Mind If I Do,” in 2014. Having released his second, self-titled album in 2016, he found success after being signed to the label Thirty Tigers.
Throughout his career, Bell has collaborated with artists like Price and the Alabama Shakes as well as supported the likes of Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Hayes Carll, as reported by The Boot.