Luke Bell, a 32-year-old country singer, was found dead in Tucson, Arizona. He was reported missing for seven days before his body was discovered near the place where he went missing. The Tucson Police Department, as well as one of Bell’s friends, Matt Kinman, confirmed the tragic news. Authorities said the cause of death is still unknown, and the investigation is ongoing.
Bell was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and recently, according to Saving Country Music, his “mental state took a turn for the worse.” After the tragic news was announced, Bell’s colleagues began paying tribute to him on social media. “Man…Luke Bell…what the f—k. RIP to a real one. 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,” Joshua Hedley’s Twitter post said. “Truly a sad night for country music.”
Margo Price wrote, “Goddamn, rest east to our dear friend, Luke Bell .” Bell became well-known after his debut album named, Don’t Mind if I Do, was released in 2014. Soon after, he signed a deal with Thirty Tigers, and later that year, his self-titled album was released, said a report on People.
Bell used to collaborate with Alabama Shakes, Price, and Langhorne Slim and played for Dwight Yoakam and Willie Nelson. Bell discussed life on the road in a 2016 interview with The Boot. “To be honest, I live in the day, and I count smiles,” he said. “That’s it. Listen, half the time, I end up drinking beer with my neighbors.”
He went on to say, “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… The goal is to have high hopes and low expectations and have a good time.”
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