Nick Cave's son Arthur killed in Brighton cliff fall

Death is not being treated as suspicious

Rose Troup Buchanan
Thursday 16 July 2015 10:13 BST

Musician Nick Cave’s son has died after falling from a cliff in Sussex.

Sussex police confirmed to The Independent that 15-year-old Arthur Cave died after falling from the cliff at Ovingdean Gap.

The teenager, son of singer Nick Cave and wife Susie Bick, was found by members of the public on the underpass of Ovingdean Gap at about 6pm on Tuesday.

Nick Cave with two of his sons' Arthur (left) and Earl (right)

Although first aid was carried out at the scene, the 57-year-old performer’s son later died from his injuries in the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

In a statement released today, his parents paid tribute to their "beautiful, happy loving boy."

"We ask that we be given the privacy our family needs to grieve at this difficult time," they added.

A musician and songwriter, Cave is best known as the front man of alternative rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, which formed in Melbourne in 1983. Previously, he performed in the influential post-punk band The Birthday Party.

Cave lived in Melbourne, London, Berlin and São Paulo before he moved to Brighton 11 years ago. The family's home was around three miles (5km) from where Arthur was found, according to The Guardian.

The tragic death was not linked to reports of teenagers sitting on the edge of Seven Sisters cliff in Seaford, East Sussex, around 11 miles (18km) away.

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