Luke Bell, a country musician famous for his songs “Where Ya Been?” and “Jealous Guy,” was last seen alive in Tucson, Arizona on January 11, and was declared dead on Friday. He was 32.
The Tucson Police Department confirmed to EW that the singer’s body was discovered in Midtown Tucson on August 26. Police have not released a cause of death but have said their investigation is ongoing.
Friends and fellow country musician Matt Kinman also verified Bell’s passing. He said on Saving Country Music that Bell, who he claimed suffered from bipolar disease, vanished on August 20 in Tucson, Arizona, when he and Kinman were out to dinner.
Kinman told the media that the group had travelled to Arizona “to work down here, play some music,” but that “he just went off.” “He was located in the vehicle’s cargo hold. I walked in there in search of sustenance. As soon as I stepped outside, he climbed out of the truck and walked away.”
According to the documentary Saving Country Music, Bell got his start as a musician while still a college student in his hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. When he wasn’t opening for country greats like Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, and Hank Williams Jr., he was in the studio recording his 2016 self-titled album and 2014’s Don’t Mind If I Do.
Fans and acquaintances of Bell immediately flocked to social media after hearing the news of his passing.
“What a tragic development this has been. Wish we had more open discussions regarding mental health issues “J. C. Chastain penned this one. “Like any other illness, it requires funding and attention. Honor this brave country musician by listening to #LukeBell today. I pray that he has found the solace he has been seeking.”