Nick Cave‘s teenage son Arthur has died after falling from a cliff near Brighton.
Arthur Cave, 15, was identified by Sussex Police after a body was found at 6pm last night (July 14). BBC News reports that he was found on the underpass of Ovingdean Gap.
Members of the public reportedly carried out first aid on the teenager before he was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where he died of his injuries.
The death is now being handled by the coroner’s officer and is not being treated as suspicious. Friends reportedly gathered to pay tribute to Arthur at the nearby Ovingdean Undercliff Cafe.
A statement from Nick and Susie Cave said: “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.”
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 two sons with wife Susie Bick. He and his brother, Earl, both appeared in Cave’s 2014 biopic 20,000 Days On Earth.