Country singer Luke Bell found dead at 32 after going missing

Country music singer Luke Bell has died after being reported missing more than a week ago. He was 32 years old.

Bell was found dead in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday, near where he was reported missing Aug. 20, the Tucson Police Department told the New York Post. Authorities have yet to confirm his cause of death.

Bell’s friend Matt Kinman, also a country singer, confirmed the news to music website Saving Country Music.

Born in Kentucky and raised in Wyoming, Bell got his start playing in a band at a local bar, according to the site’s obituary.

“He was one of the most genuine and magnetizing artists to grace the art form of country music in the modern era,” it read.

“And those who knew Luke Bell know that this assessment is in no way hyperbole or flattery. Even though he only released one album, in this single volume, Luke Bell captured a bygone era, an aura and vibe in country music that eludes even the most skilled and gifted country music artists of today.

“As troubled as he is talented, Luke Bell nonetheless left his mark. And through the gift of his music, Luke Bell leaves Earth and a nicer place than he found it,” the obituary continues.

Many of his country music contemporaries shared tributes after the news broke.

“Dude…Luke Bell…what the fuck. RIP to a real one. I haven’t seen him in a long time, and I was talking about him the other day wondering what he was doing. Truly a sad night for country music,” Joshua Hedley wrote.

Mike and the Moonpies, a group, posted a moving tribute on Facebook.

“I vividly remember the first time I met Luke at Hole in the Wall over a decade ago, down to the clothes he wore on his back. The man (and his music) left an impression,” the post read. “He was a true traveling minstrel on this lost highway. Do yourself a favor and put on some Luke Bell tunes tonight in his memory. Rest in peace, my friend.


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