Country music artist Luke Bell’s cause of death has been confirmed after he passed away at age 32 on August 26, more than a week after he’d gone missing in Tucson, Arizona.
Bell died from an accidental fentanyl overdose, ABC 9 KGUN Tucson reported.
The local news outlet claimed the Pima County Medical Examiner’s office had recently released the autopsy report, adding that a passerby had found the singer unresponsive in a shaded area of a parking lot.
The outlet stated drug paraphernalia had been found at the scene.
Bell was reported missing on Aug. 20, with Saving Country Music reporting that he’d been struggling with bipolar disorder.
“Long periods would go by where nobody heard from Luke Bell. He would end up in hospitals, or at times, incarcerated,” the blog noted, reporting that his “mental state took a turn for the worse” in recent months.
Singer Margo Price and actress Jessica Chastain were among those to pay tribute on Twitter.
— Margo Price (@MissMargoPrice) August 30, 2022
This is so very sad. I wish we spoke more about mental illness. It needs the same support of any other disease. Please have a listen to #LukeBell today and honor this country soul who lost his battle. I hope he’s finally found the peace he sought.
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) August 31, 2022
Man…Luke Bell…what the fuck. RIP to a real one. Been a long time since I saw him and I was just talking about him the other day wondering what he’s been up to. Truly a sad night for country music.
— ʎǝlpǝH ɐnɥsoſ (@JoshuaHedley) August 30, 2022
— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) August 31, 2022