Luke Bell autopsy reveals what caused death of country singer, 32, with history of bipolar disorder
Luke Bell was reportedly diagnosed with arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease
TUCSON, ARIZONA: Country singer Luke Bell died on August 26, 2022, just a few days after the authorities were notified that he was missing. Bell, 32, was discovered in Tucson, where he had travelled with musician buddy Matt Kinman to perform. The cause of his death has finally been determined through his autopsy after more than three weeks of investigation.
The 'Where Ya Been?' singer's autopsy results claim that he accidentally overdosed on fentanyl, as reported by The Sun. The autopsy report which was received from the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office states that Bell was reportedly diagnosed with arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The report read, "This initially unidentified, 32-year-old man was reportedly found unresponsive by a passerby in a shaded area of a parking structure. Drug paraphernalia was found at the scene."
A toxicology report revealed that Bell's blood alcohol level was 0.076 when he died. 'The Bullfighter' singer was reported missing on August 20 and discovered deceased on August 29, according to Saving Country Music. Kinman confirmed the 'Sometimes' singer's death to Saving Country Music.
Bell's family earlier told TMZ, "We have lost our beloved son, brother and friend and we are heartbroken. Luke had a gentle heart, a wanderer’s spirit and a musical gift that he was fortunate to share with us and the world. We are so grateful to his friends and fans for embracing Luke and his music. We would like to thank all of Luke’s fans, friends and family who have been sharing stories and photos of happy times with him."
In a Facebook tribute, the band Mike and the Moonpies stated, "Word just came down on the passing of Luke Bell and we're heartbroken over the news. I can vividly remember the first time I met Luke at Hole in the Wall over a decade ago, down to the clothes on his back. The man (and his music) left an impression. He was a real deal traveling troubadour out there on that lost highway. Do yourself a favor and put on some Luke Bell tunes tonight in his memory. Rest In Peace, friend."
The country music singer was raised in Cody, Wyoming, and eventually enrolled in the University of Wyoming to pursue his academic studies. As time went on, Bell came to understand his love of music and made the decision to move to Austin, Texas, where he could effectively pursue a career in country music.
Bell ultimately made his way to Nashville, where in 2016, The Boot reports, he secured a record deal with Thirty Tigers. His self-titled album was published soon after he agreed to the contract, and he later collaborated with artists including Langhorne Slim, Margo Price, and Alabama Shakes. Bell received Best Honky Tonk Male at the Dale Watson-sponsored Ameripolitan Awards in February 2018.