Country star Luke Bell dead at 32 after going missing for a week

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Emerging country music star Luke Bell died at the age of 32 after reportedly missing for more than a week. Bell’s friend and compatriot Matt Kinman confirmed the “heartbreaking” news to the music site Saving Country Music.

Born in Kentucky and raised in Wyoming, Bell was found dead yesterday in Tucson, Arizona, near where he was reported missing on Aug. 20, according to the Tucson Police Department.

So far, the singer’s cause of death remains “unknown,” according to authorities currently investigating the tragedy. However, Kinman told music blog de Boot that his buddy had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, adding that a recent change in his medication may have “played a role” in his disappearance.

Country music star Luke Bell has died of 32 of “unknown” causes after being missing for more than a week.
Facebook / Luke Bell
The Kentucky-born country singer was found dead yesterday in Tucson, Arizona.
The Kentucky-born country singer was found dead yesterday in Tucson, Arizona.
Facebook / Luke Bell

Born in Lexington, Kentucky, on January 27, 1990, and raised in Cody, Wyoming, Bell dropped out of the University of Wyoming and moved to Austin, Texas, to pursue a career in country music. He performed regularly in honky-tonks and saloons in the Lone Star State capital, before doing a brief stint in New Orleans, de Boot reported. He then made his way to Wyoming before landing in Nashville.

The honey-throated nomad finally got his big break after being signed by Thirty Tigers in 2016. Bell released his eponymous album later that year, which earned him national recognition.

Over the course of his short but distinguished career, the country star worked with the likes of Alabama Shakes, Margo Price, and Langhorne Slim, and even played support slots for Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, and other country icons.

“To be honest, I live by the day and I count the smiles,” Bell said, describing his success for the Boot in 2016. “That’s it. Listen, half the time I end up drinking beer with my neighbors. Life isn’t that bad.”

The honey-throated nomad finally got his big break after signing a contract with Thirty Tigers in 2016.  Bell released his eponymous album later that year, which earned him national recognition.
The honey-throated nomad finally got his big break after signing with Thirty Tigers in 2016. Bell released his eponymous album later that year, which earned him national recognition.
Facebook / Luke Bell

With his untimely death, Bell leaves a legacy as one of the most “authentic” country artists of the modern age, with tunes that capture a bygone era. The singer’s unique sound and style earned him comparisons to the late great Waylon Jennings, who inspired the Outlaw Movement of country music.

Many fans regarded Bell as a true original in a music scene oversaturated with sterile, derivative pop songs.

Bell has been described as one of the most authentic voices in the modern country scene.
Bell has been described as one of the most authentic voices in the modern country scene.
Facebook / Luke Bell

Friends and fans were saddened by the musician’s passing.

“Man… Luke Bell…what the fk,” wrote compatriot Joshua Hedley on Twitter. “RIP to a real one. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen him and I was talking about him recently and wondering what he’s been up to. A really sad night for country music.”

Meanwhile, band Mike and the Moonpies wrote a touching Facebook tribute.

“We have just received word of Luke Bell’s passing and we are heartbroken by the news,” they wrote. “I vividly remember the first time I first met Luke at Hole in the Wall over a decade ago, right down to the clothes on his back.”

They added: “The man (and his music) left an impression. He was a real traveling troubadour out there on that lost highway. Do yourself a favor and put on some Luke Bell tunes tonight in his memory. Rest in peace, friend.”


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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