Nine days after his disappearance, country singer luke bell was found dead in Arizona on Monday, August 29. He was 32 years old.
The “Sometimes” artist, who battled bipolar disorder, disappeared in Tucson while his friend and fellow musician matt kinman stopped to get something to eat, Kinman said saving country music. Bell’s body was found nearby just over a week later.
Although the official cause of death has not yet been revealed pending an autopsy, the singer-songwriter’s business manager, Brian Buchanansaid in a statement that Bell’s bipolar disorder “brought out the best of him.”
“Luke fought this as hard as he could, but the disease got the better of him,” Buchanan said. TMZ on Wednesday, August 31. “When he was beating the disease, he was the sweetest, most generous guy. He has found peace now and there is some consolation.”
Bell and Kinman, who frequently collaborated and performed together, were in Arizona “to work here, play some music and he just left,” Kinman recalled to Saving Country Music of his friend’s disappearance. “I was in the back of the truck. I went in to get something to eat. I got out, he got out of the truck and left.” TMZ reports that the “Cold Icy Mountain” singer searched for Bell for days before his body was discovered.
Although Bell was originally from Wyoming, he moved to Nashville to start his country music career.
“It was a very different route to take; there are no musicians in my family”, the “Where have you been?” the artist said The boot in 2016. “University didn’t really suit me, and I was looking for an independent platform to go learn, and music was that.”
While her family was “skeptical” at the time, she recalled, laughing, “when I made my first record, everyone was very supportive and helpful; everyone is on my team.”
Despite initial skepticism from loved ones back home, Bell made a name for himself as a country artist, touring alongside big names like Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr. Y Dwight Yoakam.
“To be honest, I live for the day and count the smiles. That’s it,” the musician told The Boot at the time. “Life is not so bad. The downside, in a way, is that I don’t have a wife and kids, but at the same time, it’s pretty ideal right now. I just travel to other cities and hang out with other people… The goal is to have high hopes and low expectations and have a good time.”
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