Nick Cave’s son died of ‘multiple traumatic injuries’, inquest reveals

Arthur Cave, 15, fell from a cliff near Brighton on July 14

An inquest has opened into the death of musician Nick Cave‘s teenage son, who is believed to have died following a fall from a cliff near Brighton.

Arthur Cave, 15, was found with life-threatening injuries at the foot of cliffs at Ovingdean Gap last week (July 14) and passed away in hospital later the same day. A statement from Nick and Susie Cave read at the time: “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.”

At the inquest in Brighton on Thursday (July 23), coroner’s officer Thea Jones confirmed that the cause of death was “multiple traumatic injuries due to a fall from a height”.


According to the Press Association, she added: “Emergency services were called at 5.55pm to the underpass between Ovingdean and Rottingdean after a young male was found by two passersby. He had injuries consistent with falling from a great height.”


Sussex police are not treating the death as suspicious. However, investigations are continuing.

Lawyer Sean Horstead has requested a statement responding to the alleged difficulty that emergency teams had in reaching Arthur.

The inquest has now been adjourned, with a full inquest taking place on November 20.

Following the news, the likes of Flaming Lips, Belle & Sebastian, Cat Power, Warpaint and more played their respects to the Bad Seeds frontman’s son.