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Country star Luke Bell’s family on reason behind death: ‘We’re heartbroken’

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Country star Luke Bell’s family has broken their silence about his premature death.

“We have now lost our beloved son, brother, and friend and we’re heartbroken,” the 32-year-old’s relatives said in a lengthy statement to The Post on Thursday.

“Luke had a mild heart, a wanderer’s spirit and a musical gift that he was fortunate to share with us and the world. We’re so grateful to his friends and fans for embracing Luke and his music. We would love to thank all of Luke’s fans, family and friends who’ve been sharing stories and photos of blissful times with him,” they continued.

“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 assistance he needed to ease his pain. Our hearts exit to the thousands and thousands of individuals affected by mental illness who, like us, understand the devastating disappointment of a system that consistently fails to offer caring solutions to those that suffer.”

Luke Bell performs in 2016. His body was discovered in Tucson on Monday around the identical area he was reported missing 10 days prior.Frazer Harrison

“As we navigate our heartbreak we respectfully ask for privacy to permit us room to grieve and honor his memory. Our only comfort is available in the incontrovertible fact that our Luke is finally free and at peace,” his family concluded.

Bell was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had previously gone missing before his fatal disappearance in Tucson, Arizona, his manager, Brian Buchanan, told TMZ on Wednesday.

Jonny Burke, Langhorne Slim, Luke Bell, and Daniel Romano perform at Heartbreaker Banquet on March 19, 2015, in Luck, Texas.Jonny Burke, Langhorne Slim, Luke Bell and Daniel Romano perform at Heartbreaker Banquet on March 19, 2015, in Luck, Texas.Corbis via Getty Images

“Luke fought this as hard as he could, however the disease got the higher of him,” Buchanan said. “When he was beating the disease, he was the sweetest and most generous guy. He’s found peace now and there’s some comfort.”

Bell’s body was discovered in Tucson on Monday around the identical area he was reported missing 10 days prior.

He and fellow country singer Matt Kinman were on the town to go to Kinman’s family and perform music, in line with the outlet.

Luke Bell (singer) Heather Littlefield and Matt Kinman perform at Tree Town Music Festival - Day 3 on May 27, 2017, in Heritage Park, Forest City, Iowa.Luke Bell (from left), Heather Littlefield and Matt Kinman perform at Tree Town Music Festival – Day 3 on May 27, 2017, in Heritage Park, Forest City, Iowa.Rick Diamond

Bell’s official reason behind death is pending an autopsy. Nonetheless, Kinman told music blog The Boot that a recent change in Bell’s medication might need “played a job” in his disappearance.

Buchanan told TMZ that the singer was prescribed medication but was uncertain whether he was taking it before his disappearance.

The Post has contacted a representative for Bell for comment.

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