Fentanyl cited in death of country singer Luke Bell in Tucson | Local News
An autopsy has revealed the cause of death of country singer Luke Bell, who died after going missing in Tucson last month.
Bell, 32, died of fentanyl poisoning, according to the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office autopsy report. The August 26 death was ruled an accident.
Bell was reportedly found unresponsive by a passerby in a shaded area of a parking structure in the 5500 block of East Grant Road near North Craycroft Road. Drug paraphernalia was found at the scene, according to the autopsy report.
Bell, a Wyoming native, went missing Aug. 20 in Tucson, according to an article by Saving Country Music. Bell was hiding an uphill battle with bipolar disorder, according to the article. He went on to say that Bell had already disappeared, sometimes jumping freight trains to travel across the country.
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Matt Kinman, a close friend who was with Bell, said his mental state deteriorated and he ran away while Kinman went to get something to eat in Tucson, Saving Country Music reported.
“The honky-tonk musician was widely celebrated for reinvigorating a bygone sound, and despite releasing just one album… Bell quickly rose to prominence and critical acclaim, opening for Willie Nelson and Dwight Yoakam “, according to the Daily Beast website.
Bell, a native of Cody, Wyoming, was born on January 27, 1990. He began his musical career in Austin, Texas, with many concerts in the capital of the Lone Star State, according to the Los Angeles Times. He traveled to New Orleans and Nashville for his music.
In 2016, Bell released a 10-song, self-titled album and performed at the Stagecoach country music festival in Indio, California that same year. He previously spoke to The Times about his early life and his approach to music.
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