Luke Bell, a 32-year-old country singer who went missing 10 days ago, has died.
According to his friend and collaborator Matt Kinman, country singer-songwriter Luke Bell, whose throwback style blended strains of Texas, Nashville, and Bakersfield, has died. He was 32.
Bell, who suffered from severe bipolar disorder, had travelled to Arizona with Kinman to work on Saturday, August 20th, but went missing in Tucson. According to SavingCountryMusic.com, he was discovered dead about a week later, “not far from where he disappeared, and in the manner we all feared he would be when we first heard the news.” His cause of death is still unknown.
“We came down here to Arizona, to work down here, play some music, and he just took off,” Kinman, who had played with Bell for the past six years, told the outlet. He was in the truck’s back. I went inside to get some food. When I came out, he’d gotten out of the truck and left.”
Following his disappearance “He could be in Tucson,” Kinman speculated. But it’s possible he jumped a freight train,” which was nothing out of the ordinary for Bell. According to SaveCountryMusic, Bell was “semi-homeless and generally adrift” during his formative musical years, hitchhiking and couch surfing.
Rolling Stone described his sound as “classic honky-tonk with a wink and a yodel” in 2015. That distinct sound landed him opening slots alongside Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr., and Dwight Yoakam.
Bell released three albums: a self-published debut in 2012, Don’t Mind If I Do in 2014, and a self-titled disc in 2016.