Country star Luke Bell had been battling severe bipolar disorder for years at the time of his death.
The 32-year-old singer was found dead on Friday after going missing in Arizona earlier this month.
It wasn’t the first time he’d done so, his executive director Brian Buchanan told TMZ, who explained how he’d disappeared several times in the past.
Buchanan shared how Bell tried to find ways to cope with his bipolar disorder and was prescribed new medications, but couldn’t find a workable solution.
He said: “Luke fought as hard as he could but illness defeated him. When he beat the disease, he was the sweetest and most generous guy.
“He has found peace now and there is some comfort.”
Country star Luke Bell had been battling severe bipolar disorder for years at the time of his death
Bell had been traveling around Tucson, Arizona to play some gigs with Matt Kinman. Bell had been in Kinman’s car, then gone to get some food and never came back
Luke Bell was found dead on Friday after recently going missing in Arizona
In the past, if Bell went missing, his people could always track him down.
Police say Bell’s body was discovered in Tucson after she went missing one night while shopping for food with a musician friend, Matt Kinman.
The couple had been in town to play gigs.
Kinman reportedly searched for Bell’s body for ten days before his body was found.
Police are still investigating his death while an autopsy is also being conducted to determine how Bell died.
Luke Bell (right) was with his bandmate and caretaker Matt Kinman (Fiddle) at the time of his death.
The Tuscon-based Coroner’s Office has confirmed his date of death as August 26, 2022, and the investigation remains active, The Sun reports.
Saving Country Music reported Monday that the Hold Me singer’s friends were concerned for him because he hadn’t been seen or heard from since August 20.
Kinman, who was with Bell in the days before his disappearance, said, “We came down here to Arizona to work, to make music, and he just fled.”
‘He was in the back of the truck. I went in to get something to eat. I came out and he had gotten out of the truck and driven away.’
The Glory and the Grace singer suffered from bipolar disorder and, according to Kinman, his medication had recently changed
Kinman had cared for the artist for several years and noted how he had recently changed the medications he was taking to control his condition.
Mourning fans posted condolence comments such as, “Rest in pieces Mr. Rattle Snake Man,” “So so sad, his light was burning so bright but too fast,” and “Gone way too soon, I hope you’ve found peace” on Bell’s social networks media.
Luke Bell was born on January 27, 1990 in Lexington, Kentucky and grew up in Cody, Wyoming.
After graduating from high school in 2008, Bell moved to Laramie for college and began performing in a local bar band.
A chance meeting with singer-songwriter Pat Reedy sparked the idea of making music, according to an interview with Saving Country Music.
The aspiring musician then relocated to Austin, Texas, where he honed his skills at Hole in the Wall Bar and met the likes of Mike and the Moonpies, Leo Rondeau and Ramsey Midwood.
Police are still investigating his death while an autopsy is also being conducted to determine how Bell died
The struggling singer eventually made it to Nashville and released his self-titled debut album in 2012.
A review by Wyoming Public Media called it “an excellent mix of old Southern country, light-hearted bluegrass and dramatic, soulful blues”.
This was followed by the full-length Don’t Mind If I Do in 2014. Bell’s last album, titled Luke Bell, was released in 2016, around the time he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
The last concert of the Loretta artist took place in August 2017 at the Equiblues Festival in Saint Agrève, France.
The video from the performance is the last post he made on Instagram.
The singer and songwriter went on to make music. His last single Jealous Guy was released in 2021.
Albums: The Loretta singer-songwriter has released three well-received albums over the course of his career, starting with his self-titled debut in 2012, followed by Don’t Mind If I Do in 2014 and another album called Luke Bell in 2016
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