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Family of missing musician Stevie Martin known as Rainy Boy Sleep say he is 'at peace' now

Joanne Sweeney

The family of missing singer and musician Stephen (Stevie) Martin whose body was found on a beach, have said his soul is at peace.

Mr Martin, 29, who performed under the stage name Rainy Boy Sleep, was last seen in Derry city about three weeks ago and his car was found last week near Fanad lighthouse in Co Donegal.

Originally from Lifford, the songwriter and performer had been living in Derry for years.

His body was discovered on Strand Hill beach, Co Sligo on Saturday, gardai said.

Family friend Conor Macan Amenos posted on Facebook the message that the man's friends and fans had feared - that Stevie was dead.

He wrote: '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're shown, it was appreciated by his family & friends.'

PSNI Foyle also confirmed the sad news on its Facebook page and that they had called off the search.

They paid the following tribute to the man from Lifford, Donegal:

"He was a true gem of this city and when you look at how the whole community came together in an effort to find him, it's beyond clear how much he meant to everyone who knew and loved him!'

Police had launched an appeal to find the missing man and a social media campaign under the hashtag #findstevie was used by his family and friends.

He had played Glastonbury for three consecutive years, was nominated for Best Solo Act in the NI Music Awards in 2011 and toured with Cyndi Lauper and James Morrison.

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