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Il 29 agosto Luke Bell è stato trovato morto a 32 anni. Prima della morte della star del country, era scomparso da oltre una settimana, staccandosi dal suo amico Matt Kinman durante un viaggio a Tucson, in Arizona. Bell ha pubblicato musica a metà degli anni 2010, prima di cadere fuori dalle mappe e tornare alla vita privata. La sua attività sui social media è diventata oscura dopo il 2017, lasciando i fan che desideravano di più e si chiedevano dove si trovasse. In una dichiarazione rilasciata dopo la morte di Bell attraverso Saving Country Music, la sua famiglia ha dichiarato: “Abbiamo perso il nostro amato figlio, fratello e amico e abbiamo il cuore spezzato. Luke aveva un cuore gentile, uno spirito da vagabondo e un dono musicale che ha avuto la fortuna di ricevere. condividi con noi e con il mondo”.
While previous statements pointed to Bell's bipolar disorder somehow playing a role in his death, the official cause has finally been revealed.
Luke Bell died of a fentanyl overdose
According to ABC 9 KGUN Tucson, Luke Bell's autopsy report has been finally released by the Pima County Medical Examiner's office. It revealed that Bell died from fentanyl intoxication, as well as some more details about the scene of his death (via The U.S. Sun): "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."
In addition to struggling with bipolar disorder, the autopsy showed Bell had arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease and a blood alcohol concentration of .076 at the time of his death. His family's previous statement seemed to connect the cause of his death to his bipolar disorder, saying, "Unfortunately Luke suffered from the disease of mental illness, which progressed after his father's death in 2015. Luke was supported through his disease by a community of loving family and friends. Despite this, he was unable to receive the help he needed to ease his pain."
While the new update adds even more tragic details to Bell's death, hopefully it allows his family and friends to receive some much-needed closure.
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