Body of 71-Year-Old Newburyport Musician Found in Merrimack River

Robert Urzi, also known as "Bahama Bob," was "a staple on the local music scene," according to Newburyport police

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The body of a local musician was found in the Merrimack River in Massachusetts Tuesday, police said.

Robert Urzi, of Newburyport, was known affectionately by people in town as "Bahama Bob," local police said.

In a statement, police called Urzi "a staple on the local music scene" and added, "We are saddened by this loss and our condolences go out the the family and friends of Bob."

Friend Brian O'Shea said Urzi had "one of the best personalities you'd ever see," according to the Newburyport News.

Foul play is not believed to have been involved in Urzi's death, but the investigation was continuing, according to police. They had earlier said that a 71-year-old's body was found near the Whittier Bridge.

The U.S. Coast Guard had confirmed that a body was recovered Tuesday morning near Deer Island.

Last month, a mother and her 6-year-old son drowned in the same area in the Merrimack River while on a family fishing trip.

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