Luke Bell’s cause of death was an accidental fentanyl overdose, ABC 9 KGUN Tuscon reported Tuesday.
The country singer died at age 32 in Tuscon, Arizona, on August 26 after disappearing six days earlier. An autopsy report from the Pima County Medical Examiner’s office, allegedly obtained by the local news outlet, revealed that a passerby encountered an unresponsive Bell at the scene, where drug paraphernalia was present.
Bell also reportedly suffered from arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease and, at the time of his death, had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.076 in his system, according to The US Sun.
Bell’s friend, Matt Kinman, confirmed that Bell had died at saving country music August 29th. The musician was found near where he disappeared, the Tucson Police Department told the New York Post.
According to saving Country Music, Bell was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and that his “mental state worsened” in recent months.
“Luke fought this as hard as he could but the illness got the better of him,” Bell’s manager Brian Buchanan told TMZ on Wednesday. “When he was getting over the disease, he was the sweetest, most generous guy. Now he has found peace and there is some solace.”
In a statement shared with PEOPLE earlier this month, the country singer’s relatives said they had “lost our beloved son, brother and friend and we are heartbroken” after Bell was found dead.
“Unfortunately, Luke suffered from mental illness, which progressed after his father’s death in 2015,” the family added in their statement. “Luke was supported during his illness by a community of loving family and friends. Despite this, he was unable to receive the help he needed to ease his pain.”
The family added that their “hearts go out to the millions of people affected by mental illness who, like us, understand the devastating disappointment of a system that constantly fails to provide caring solutions to those who suffer.”
Bell’s loved ones praised him for having “a gentle heart, a traveling spirit, and a musical gift that he was lucky enough 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,” they continued.
“As we navigate our anguish, we respectfully ask for privacy to allow us space to grieve and honor his memory. Our only consolation is the fact that our Luke is finally free and at peace,” the family concluded.
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