Country singer Luke Bell, 32, found dead a week after being reported missing

More than a week after he was reported missing in Arizona, Country singer Luke Bell was found dead in Tucson on Monday (August 29). That Arizona Daily Star reported that Bell, 32, was found dead near the area where he was reported missing, with a cause of death not available at press time. USA today reported that the Tucson Police Department confirmed Bell’s death, saying in a statement, “the investigation is currently ongoing,” with no further details disclosed at press time.

Born in Lexington, Kentucky and raised in Cody, Wyoming, Bell released his debut full-length album on Bandcamp, Don’t mind if I do, in 2014 and later signed to the Thirty Tigers label, home to Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Greensky Bluegrass, Amanda Shires and Lucinda Williams. Best known for his traditionalist honky tonk country tunes “Where Ya Been?” and “The Bullfighter” from his 2016 self-titled Thirty Tigers-distributed debut on Bill Hill, Bell’s most recent release was a 2021 cover of John Lennon’s 1971 ballad “Jealous Guy.”

Close friend and country singer Matt Kinman, who said he dated Bell recently and had taken care of the singer for 6 years, reportedly told. Saving country music — which first reported the news — that Bell went missing on Aug. 20 in Tucson.

In a 2016 interview with Los Angeles Times, Bell said he was inspired by singer/songwriters like John Prine before moving to Austin, Texas for a few years and joining the Tejano supergroup Texas Tornados. “Then I went to New Orleans. I was only there for about six months. I lived in a molder that smelled of bleach in the Lower Ninth Ward. It was tough,” he said.

Spokespeople for Bell, his label and the Tucson Police Department had not returned requests for further comment by press time. Margo Price was among those who paid tribute to Bell, writing “damn, rest east to our dear friend, Luke Bell.”

Listen to “Where Ya Been?” and “Jealous Guy” below.

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