Police confirmed that Mr Collins was the man recovered from the River Taw in Barnstaple on Saturday

Tributes have been pouring in for Barnstaple saxophonist Mike Collins, who died on Saturday.

Mr Collins has been named by police as the man recovered from the River Taw in Barnstaple on Saturday night.

He was recovered from the river after members of the public raised the alarm at around 4pm, triggering a large scale recovery operation with police, fire service, ambulance, coastguard and Appledore lifeboat.

Police have said they are not treating the death as suspicious.

MIKE Collins is presented with a new Yamaha saxophone after fund raising efforts by local musicians. Pictured are organisers Jim Jones, Paul Gates, Mike's brother John, his niece Kelsi, brother-in-law Dave Robertson, son Sam Collins, sister Carol Robertson and (front) Ruby and Kaya Collins.MIKE Collins is presented with a new Yamaha saxophone after fund raising efforts by local musicians. Pictured are organisers Jim Jones, Paul Gates, Mike's brother John, his niece Kelsi, brother-in-law Dave Robertson, son Sam Collins, sister Carol Robertson and (front) Ruby and Kaya Collins.

Tributes for Mr Collins were led by Mayor of Barnstaple, Councillor Julie Hunt, who said she was 'gutted' by the news.

She said: "Mike was a truly gifted man who loved God with a passion, but for one thing or another got lost along the way.

"He never stopped sharing the gospel. He will be greatly missed."

Mr Collins, who was also known as 'Boxer' was an extremely talented saxophone player.

In 2010, he suffered serious burns and lost all his belongings - including his beloved saxophone - in a devastating explosion in Trinity Street.

Local artists, including Jim Jones, rallied round for Mr Collins, organising a series of 'open mike' nights and raising money to help buy him a new saxophone.

Mr Jones, who got to know Mike at the age of 15, said: "Mike was a fighter, he was an overcomer, he was a strong believer in love and the love of God.

"I am devastated by the loss of my good friend and the encouragement he brought to me and so many I know that will read this.

"His struggles are now over and I have a suspicion he is up there dancing and playing his Sax at the great gig in the sky!

"God bless you Mike Collins - the world is a little less colourful without you mate."

Barnstaple musician Rebecca Barrow said 'Mr Saxophone' had been a part of so many people's lives and had been an inspiration to her personally.

She said: "You inspired me, taught me so much about playing freely, listening to God whilst worshipping, and were always there to encourage.

"I know you've had a tough few years, but Barnstaple will miss your heartfelt tunes, straight from the heart. Rest in His arms, Mr Saxophone."

Steve Toms said: "Amazing Grace will never sound the same again, RIP my good friend Mike Collins, peace."

Bude drummer Keith Jones said he worked with Mike with Devon-based Christian group The Steve Martin Band.

"Enjoy your new home Mike beyond the veil. Remembering the rest of the Collins family as well."

Stephanie Harvey said: "So many laughs and tears. So many battles you had but will never forget your generous heart, the faith you shared with many and your amazing sax playing. Amazing Grace always my favourite."

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