Music stars send messages of support to Nick Cave following death of his son

Arthur Cave, 15, passed away on Tuesday (July 14)

A host of music stars have sent their condolences to Nick Cave after the musician’s teenage son Arthur 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 on Tuesday (July 14) and passed away in hospital later the same day. A statement from Nick and Susie Cave 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.”

Following the tragic news, The Flaming Lips‘ Wayne Coyne took to Instagram to post a picture of himself with Cave, writing: “Our hearts go out to Nick Cave and his family ….so sorry for your tragic loss.. Our thoughts are with you…”


Meanwhile, Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch tweeted: “we’re all thinking about nick cave and his family tonight, an unthinkable disaster, i hope he can get through it”, with Swim Deep adding: “Awful news about Nick Cave’s son. Our thoughts are with their family.”

The likes of Cat Power, Warpaint, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, actor Elijah Wood and former Westlife singer Brian McFadden also sent their condolences over social media.

See a collection of tweets below.

A Sussex police spokeswoman told The Guardian: “A 15-year-old boy who was found with life-threatening injuries on the underpass of Ovingdean Gap, having fallen from the cliff above, has sadly died in hospital on Tuesday.

“Members of the public carried out first aid on the boy before he was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, just after 6pm. He later died there of his injuries. The death is being dealt with by the coroner’s officer.”


Meanwhile, a spokesman for HM Coastguard said: “Newhaven coastguard were called by Sussex police to attend a report of a child who had fallen from the top of the cliff.

“The child had fallen right to the bottom from the top of the cliff but the coastguard was stood down as the ambulance took him to hospital.”

The teenager is one of Cave’s twin sons with wife Susie Bick. He and his brother, Earl, both appeared in Cave’s 2014 film 20,000 Days On Earth.