Luke Bell, a country singer known for songs like “Where Ya Been?” and “The Bullfighter,” has passed away after going missing in Tucson, Arizona, according to The Times. He was 32.
Bell’s passing was also confirmed by friend and fellow artist Matt Kinman to the country music blog Saving Country Music, which broke the news. Nine days after he was reported missing on August 20, Bell’s body was discovered on Monday close to where he vanished.
When The Times asked Tucson police and Bell representatives for comment, neither of them responded right away.
A representative for the Pima County Medical Examiner and Coroner declined to provide more information about Bell’s death when contacted by The Times on Tuesday.
Kinman and Bell, who reportedly suffered from bipolar disorder, recently worked together for performances and livestreams, according to Saving Country Music. Bell fled from Tucson when Kinman went to get something to eat.
“We travelled to Arizona to work and perform music, but he just took off. He was in the truck’s bed, the source was informed. “I entered to purchase a meal. When I emerged, he had already exited the truck and was gone.
Bell was born on January 27, 1990, and is a native of Cody, Wyoming. He began his musical career in Austin, Texas, playing a number of shows in the state’s capital. For his music, he went to Nashville and New Orleans.
He performed at the Stagecoach country music festival in Indio, California, the same year he released a self-titled, 10-song album. He previously discussed how he got started and how he approaches music.
He claimed, “I was listening to artists like John Prine, and after spending a few years in Austin, I got into the Texas Tornadoes and that scene. I next travelled to New Orleans. I only spent about six months there. I was residing in a mouldy trailer in the Lower Ninth Ward that smelled like bleach. It was difficult.
Bell claimed he was “kind of isolated,” but he was also “just trying to get my songs better and better.” In 2021, he released his last song, an acoustic rendition of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.”
Bell’s fellow country musicians paid him tribute on social media after his passing.
“The man made an impression, as did his music. On that abandoned highway, he was a genuine travelling troubadour, the band Mike and the Moonpies wrote in a Facebook post on Monday. “In honour of Luke Bell, do yourself a favour and listen to some music tonight. Peace be with you, friend.
Jamie Wyatt, a country musician, described Bell’s voice as “pure gold.”
She wrote on Tuesday: “We loved each other’s music and would visit whenever we saw each other and meet up in nashville. I wasn’t as close with him as many people who are hurting right now, but we did.” “We used to talk about life when he occasionally called. Those were conversations I’ll never forget. My thoughts are with his family.