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Country singer-songwriter Luke Bell has died, just over a week after he went missing while on a trip to Arizona. He was 32 years old.
Bell’s friend and fellow musician, Matt Kinman, confirmed the tragic news to the Saving Country Music blog on Tuesday, August 39, just hours after the “Where Ya Been” singer was reported missing. According to the outlet, Bell, who suffered from bipolar disorder, disappeared in Tuscon, Arizona, on August 20, when he apparently disappeared while Kinman was looking for something to eat. His body was discovered near his last known location nine days later.
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After the news broke, several of Bell’s contemporaries shared their condolences on social media. “Damn rest east of our dear friend, Luke Bell 💔,” Margo Price wrote via Twitter on Tuesday, August 30.
Joshua Hedley shared similar sentiments on his own account: “Man…Luke Bell…what the heck. RIP to a real one,” he wrote. “It’s been a long time since I’ve seen him and I was talking about him the other day and wondering what he’s been up to. Truly a sad night for country music.”
Country band Mike and the Moonpies also remembered the late musician through Facebook. “You have just learned of the passing of Luke Bell and we are heartbroken by the news,” they wrote in a statement Tuesday. “I can vividly remember the first time I met Luke at Hole in the Wall over a decade ago, right down to the clothes he was wearing. The man (and his music) left an impression. He was a true wandering troubadour on that lost road. Do yourself a favor and put on some Luke Bell tunes tonight in his memory. Rest in peace, friend.”
After forming a band in college and spending years performing in honky-tonks and bars, the Wyoming native garnered critical acclaim following the release of his debut album in 2016. Often compared to iconic country artists like Waylon Jennings, Bell soon won gigs supporting Willie Nelson and Dwight Yoakam and worked with some of Nashville’s biggest names throughout his career.
“To be honest, I live for the day and count the smiles,” Bell told The Boot in a 2016 interview. “That’s it. Listen, half the time I end up drinking beer with my neighbors. Life isn’t that bad. The downside, in a way, is 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… The goal is to have high hopes and low expectations and have a good time”.
Despite his success, and returning to the studio to record a follow-up album that same year, Bell quickly faded from the spotlight as he battled mental illness. After years of erratic behavior and multiple hospital or jail stays, Kinman told Saving Country Music that Bell had begun to make progress in the last year and a half, thanks to a new medication and treatment plan.
Bell released his latest single, “Jealous Guy”, in January 2021.