Critically Acclaimed Country Music Star Dead at 32

One week after country singer Luke Bell went missing, reports reveal he has passed away.

Critically Acclaimed Country Music Star Dead at 32

According to the Daily News, Bell was first reported missing on Saturday, August 20, after he jumped out of the back of a pickup truck and kept running. While talking with Saving Country Music, Bell’s friend and caretaker of six years Matt Kinman said they were in Arizona for work.

Listen to Bell’s hit “Where Ya Been” below:

“We came down here to Arizona, to work down here, play some music, and he just took off. He was in the back of the truck. I went in to get something to eat. I came out, and he’d got out of the truck and left.”

Kinman said the two of them had traveled to Arizona shortly after visiting family in Bell’s sometime of Cody, Wyoming. It’s been further reported that Bell suffered from bipolar disorder and recently had his medication changed.

Listen to Bell’s “Working Man’s Dream” below:

Kinman admitted that he feared the recent change may have contributed to his disappearance. Bell’s body was discovered not far from where he was first reported missing.

Bell released his first self-titled album in 2016, which became critically acclaimed. While chasing his dream as a solo artist, the troubadour was also known for playing with Willie Nelson and Dwight Yoakum, the Daily News reported. 

“Luke Bell was never one of staying in one place for very long. That was part of his magic. Born in Lexington, Kentucky on January 27th, 1990, and raised in Cody, Wyoming, he tried to go to college for a bit in Laramie and started playing in a band in a local bar.

But it was a chance meeting with singer/songwriter Pat Reedy that opened up Luke’s mind to and entirely different world he’d hadn’t been exposed to previously. ‘[Pat] pulled through in an ’85 Datsun diesel pickup truck with a homeless painter and a half wolf dog. It was just a picture of a different part of earth,’ Luke told Saving Country Music in 2016.”

Saving Country Music

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Luke’s cause of death was not immediately known. An autopsy is pending.

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