At the time of publication, the cause of death was listed as “unknown”.
Country singer Luke Bell was discovered dead in Tucson on Monday, more than a week after he went missing in Arizona (August 29). The 32-year-old Bell was discovered dead close to the location where he had been reported missing, according to the Arizona Daily Star. At the time of publication, the cause of death was unknown. According to USA Today, the Tucson Police Department confirmed Bell’s passing and stated in a statement that “the investigation is ongoing at the moment,” with no additional information provided as of press time.
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Bell, who was raised in Cody, Wyoming and was born in Lexington, Kentucky, released his first full-length album, “Don’t Mind If I Do”, on Bandcamp in 2014. He later signed with the Thirty Tigers record label, which also houses Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Greensky Bluegrass, Amanda Shires, and Lucinda Williams. Bell’s self-titled Thirty Tigers debut from 2016 is best known for his traditionalist honky tonk country songs “Where Ya Been?” and “The Bullfighter,” but his most recent release was a twangy 2021 cover of John Lennon’s 1971 ballad “Jealous Guy.”
Bell went missing on August 20 in Tucson, according to close friend and fellow country musician Matt Kinman, who claimed to have recently been with Bell and had been caring for him for six years. The news was first reported by Saving Country Music.
Before moving to Austin, Texas for a few years and joining the Tejano supergroup the Texas Tornados, Bell said he was inspired by singer/songwriters like John Prine in an interview with the Los Angeles Times from 2016. “…then I went to New Orleans. I was only there for about six months. I was living in a molding trailer that smelled of bleach in the Lower Ninth Ward. It was tough,”
At the time of publication, requests for additional comment had not been answered by representatives for Bell, his label, or the Tucson Police Department. Bell received tributes from a number of people, including Margo Price, who wrote, “goddamn, rest east to our dear friend, Luke Bell.”
goddamn, rest east to our dear friend, Luke Bell 💔 https://t.co/oeUMmRpipg
— Margo Price (@MissMargoPrice) August 30, 2022