My son's soul is at peace, says mum after body of missing musician 'Rainy Boy Sleep' Stevie Martin found on beach
Tributes have been paid to a well-known musician from Northern Ireland whose body was tragically found at the weekend in Co Sligo after he went missing several weeks ago.
Stevie Martin (29) - who was known as Rainy Boy Sleep - was originally from the border town of Lifford in Co Donegal and was last seen in Londonderry where he lived.
His body was discovered on Strandhill beach on Saturday, gardai said.
He had toured with Cyndi Lauper and James Morrison and regularly played at venues across Derry and Donegal and had performed at Glastonbury.
Last night, as his family thanked people for their prayers and said his "soul's at peace", friends in the music industry paid tribute to the music star.
Belfast-based music publicist Jeff Robinson, who was previously Mr Martin's publicist, said the music industry has been stunned.
Mr Robinson told the Belfast Telegraph: "He was just a lovely guy. I recall he turned up to an interview at the BBC with Gerry Kelly and he had a four pack of buns - cup-cakes - with him. I asked him why he bought them and he said, 'Because you are always remembered for being nice'.
"He was just that kind of guy - really nice. Everyone had really good things to say about him."
Mr Robinson said the news of his passing was "horrendous" and "very hard to come to terms with".
"He was a really good songwriter. The social media reaction mirrors what I am saying, he was very well liked across the board," he said. "Stevie was signed to Universal Records. He could have gone extremely far.
"He had the songs and his song-writing ability was incredible. He had a very good team behind him. He was an absolute talent. Everybody knew him in the music industry and this has brought everyone together.
"Sometimes you don't realise how someone affects everyone until something tragic like this happens and then you just realise how many lives he touched throughout his young life."
Chart-topping Northern Ireland band Snow Patrol tweeted: "Sad to hear the news of Steven Martin. Love & thoughts are with the his family."
Derry singer-songwriter Soak wrote on Facebook: "Just heard news of my friend, Stevie Martin, aka Rainy Boy Sleep's passing.
"I remember seeing him play at a festival locally when I was 13 and wishing I could write the songs he was singing, soon after that we became friends and he came to some of my first ever shows." Mr Martin's Audi car was found abandoned close to the lighthouse at Fanad Head, Co Donegal, last Tuesday sparking an air and sea search. His family said they wished to thank the public for their prayers and concern shown in recent weeks.
Family friend Conor Macan Amenos said on Facebook: "Stevie's mum asked me to let everyone know that his body's been found & that his soul's at peace.
"Thank you everyone for the prayers & concern you've shown, it was appreciated by his family & friends."
An earlier version of this article was incorrectly illustrated with a photograph of another musician Billy Lockett. We apologise to Mr Lockett and to Mr Martin's family for our error, which has since been corrected online. The same article referred to Belfast-based music publicist Jeff Robinson as his Mr Martin's former manager. He is not.