Luke Bell has died aged 32.
The country singer was reported missing on August 20 and on Monday (8/29/22) his body was found in Tucson, Arizona, his close friend and fellow musician Matt Kinman confirmed to Saving Country Music.
The Tucson Police Department is currently investigating Luke’s death, but the cause remains “unknown”, authorities told the New York Post newspaper.
Matt told music blog The Boot that his friend had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and believes a recent change in medication may have “played a part” in his disappearance.
Luke grew up in Wyoming before moving to Texas to start his music career, moving through New Orleans and Wyoming before ending up in Nashville.
He was signed by Thirty Tigers in 2016 and released his self-titled debut album later that year.
He secured supporting slots with country legends such as Willie Nelson and Dwight Yokam and collaborated with artists such as Alabama Shakes, Margo Price and Langhorne Slim.
Joshua Hedley was one of the country music stars to pay tribute to the late singer.
He tweeted: “Dude…Luke Bell…what the fuck.
“RIP to a real one. I haven’t seen him for a long time and I was talking about him the other day wondering what he was doing. Truly a sad night for country music.
Mike and the Moonpies were “heartbroken” by the news.
The group wrote on Facebook: “News of Luke Bell’s passing has just been announced and we are heartbroken by the news.
“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. He was a real traveling troubadour on this lost highway. Do yourself a favor and put on some Luke Bell tunes tonight in his memory. Rest in peace, my friend.