While a cause of death has not been given at press time, the Tucson Police Department confirmed it Billboard that “the investigation is currently ongoing,” with no further details disclosed.
The late singer’s close friend and country singer Matt Kinman, who said he dated Bell recently and had cared for him for six years as he navigated a serious battle with bipolar disorder, reportedly said. Saving country music — which first reported the news — that Bell went missing on August 20.
Bell released his debut full-length album on Bandcamp, Don’t mind if I do, in 2014 and later signed to Thirty Tigers label. Best known for his traditionalist honky tonk country songs “Where Ya Been?” and “The Bullfighter” from his 2016 self-titled Thirty Tigers debut, Bell’s most recent release was a 2021 cover of John Lennon’s 1971 ballad “Jealous Guy.”
Following news of his untimely death, a number of stars took to social media to mourn the loss of an undeniable talent and friend. See thoughts from Jessica Chastain, Margo Price and more below.
It is so very sad. I wish we talked more about mental illness. It needs the same support as any other disease. Feel free to listen #LukeBell today and honor this patriot who lost his battle. I hope he has finally found the peace he was seeking.https://t.co/BnvFmhhKGv
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) 31 August 2022
damn, rest east to our dear friend, luke bell 💔 https://t.co/oeUMmRpipg
— Margo Price (@MissMargoPrice) 30 August 2022
Man…Luke Bell…what the hell. RIP to a real one. It’s been a long time since I saw him and I was just talking about him the other day wondering what he was up to. Really sad night for country music.
— ʎǝlpǝH ɐnɥsoſ (@JoshuaHedley) 30 August 2022
A sad day for our country music community. Sending our thoughts and condolences to Luke Bell’s family, friends and fans. https://t.co/Mm36RSJbIV
— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) 31 August 2022