Inquest hears Nick Cave’s teenage son took LSD before falling to his death from cliffs

Arthur Cave passed away in July

Arthur Cave, the teenage son of Nick Cave, took LSD before falling to his death from a 60ft cliff, an inquest has heard.

15-year-old Cave died on July 14 with an inquest into his death being held in Brighton today (November 10). He suffered a fractured skull, broken legs and bleeding on the brain and was found on an underpass in Ovingdean Gap, East Sussex.

Brighton Coroners Court heard that Cave had taken the hallucinogenic drug prior to his death. Police have said the death was not suspicious.


The inquest into Cave’s death opened in July with coroner’s officer Thea Jones disclosing that the cause of death was from “multiple traumatic injuries due to a fall from a height”.

Nick Cave and wife Susie Bick did not attend the July hearing, at which Jones added: “Emergency services were called at 5.55pm to the underpass between Ovingdean and Rottingdean after a young male was found by two passers-by. He had injuries consistent with falling from a great height.”

A statement from Nick and Susie Cave issued at the time of their son’s death read: “Our son Arthur died on Tuesday evening. He was our beautiful, happy loving boy. We ask that we be given the privacy our family needs to grieve at this difficult time.”

Artists including The Flaming Lips, Belle & Sebastian, Cat Power, Warpaint and more paid their respects to the Cave family following the death.