Luke Bell, country singer and songwriter, is dead at 32

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Country singer-songwriter Luke Bell has died aged 32, authorities say.

Police in Tucson said Wednesday that Bell’s body was found on Aug. 26 in the 5500 block of E. Grant Road, near Tucson Medical Center. The cause of death is not yet known and police say an investigation is underway.

Kentucky-born Bell grew up in Wyoming and was last known in Tennessee. He had a short but celebrated music career and is best known for the hit song “Where Ya Been?”. He released a single, ‘Jealous Guy’ in 2021.

According to CNN, Bell was reported missing more than a week ago. Tucson Police Sgt. Richard Gradillas told The Washington Post that Bell was found alone and that “detectives are still trying to verify a missing report has been completed.”

Fans and fellow performers expressed their condolences on social media, describing Bell as a talented performer with a passion for country music.

“Several of us met in Nashville when we were so young and obsessed with country music – those years were so formative. He was extraordinarily gifted and special,” wrote Kelsey Waldon, a fellow Kentuckian and singer-songwriter.

“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. The man (and his music) made an impression,” members of Texas-based Americana band Mike and the Moonpies wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.

The Academy of Country Music tweeted Wednesday that it was “a sad day for our Country Music community.”

Bell was often described as a “troubadour,” moving from place to place, including Austin, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Nashville. In a 2016 interview with the Boot, a country music industry website, Bell suggested that the lifestyle had its ups and downs.

“The downside is in some ways that I don’t have a wife and kids, but at the same time it’s pretty ideal right now. I just travel to other cities and hang out with other people,” he said.

“To be honest, I live in the day, and I count smiles.”

correction

An earlier version of this story erroneously stated that Luke Bell only released one album. He released three.


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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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