The body of country music star Luke Bell was discovered Monday in Tucson, Arizona, nine days after he was reported missing by his relatives. The Tucson coroner’s office confirmed Bell’s date of death as August 26, three days before he was discovered, according to The sun.
Musician Matt Kinman, who had looked after Bell for six years, was traveling with the 32-year-old star when he suddenly disappeared near 4th Avenue in Tucson.
“We came here to Arizona, to work here, to play music, and he just took off,” Kinman told popular country music blog Saving Country Music, adding that he thought Bell had bipolar disorder and had recently changed from his medication, which may have played a part in his disappearance.
“He was in the back of the truck. I went to get something to eat. I got out, and he was out of the truck and he was gone.
This wasn’t the first time the singer-songwriter has gone missing, the outlet reported. Bell had a reputation for jumping on freight trains and traveling the country on a whim.
But, according to Bell’s manager, he had been fine for at least a year and a half thanks to proper medication and treatment.
The honky-tonk musician was widely celebrated for reinvigorating a bygone sound, and despite releasing just one album that debuted on Bandcamp, Bell quickly rose to prominence and critical acclaim, opening for Willie Nelson and Dwight Yoakam.
The star’s cause of death has yet to be announced pending an autopsy.