Country Singer Luke Bell Dead at Age 32, One Week After Going Missing in Arizona


Luke Bell, a country singer, and songwriter has been reported dead – over a week after he went missing during a trip to Arizona. Luke was 32.

Matt Kinman, a friend and fellow artist of Bell, verified the sorrowful news to the Saving Country Music blog on Tuesday, August 30, just hours after news of the “Where Ya Been” singer’s disappearance surfaced.

Bell, who suffered a bipolar disorder, went missing in Tuscon, Arizona, on August 20, when he inexplicably vanished while Kinman was getting something to eat, according to the outlet. Nine days later, his body was located near his last known location.

The cause of death is yet to be determined.

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Following the news, numerous of Bell’s contemporaries expressed their sympathies on social media. “Goddamn, rest east to our good friend, Luke Bell,” Margo Price tweeted on August 30.

On his own account, Joshua Hedley expressed similar sentiments: “Man… Luke Bell… what the f-k. “Rest in peace to a true one,” he added. “It’s been a long time since I’ve seen him, and I was just wondering the other day what he’s been up to.” It was a truly terrible night for country music.”

Mike and the Moonpies, a country band, also paid tribute to the late musician on Facebook. “Word just came down about Luke Bell’s passing, and we’re heartbroken over the news,” they said in a statement on Tuesday. “I recall the first time I saw 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 influence on me. He was a genuine roaming troubadour out there on that abandoned highway. Make a point of listening to Luke Bell’s music tonight in his honor. “May you rest in peace, friend.”

Bell released his farewell single, “Jealous Guy” in January 2021.

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