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Nick Cave's son took LSD before fatal cliff fall, inquest hears

The inquest at the Coroners Court in Brighton heard testimony from a friend of Arthur Cave’s.

Musician Nick Cave with his wife Susie Bick arrive at the Coroners Court in Brighton
Musician Nick Cave with his wife Susie Bick arrive at the Coroners Court in Brighton
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THE FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD son of Nick Cave had taken LSD before he fell to his death from a cliff in Brighton, England in July, an inquest has heard.

Arthur Cave was found with life threatening injuries at the base of cliffs at Ovingdean Gap in Brighton on 14 July.

He died in hospital later that evening.

The inquest into his death heard testimony from a friend of Arthur’s, who said they had taken the drug together on the day he died, the Guardian reports.

The teenager’s friend cannot be named for legal reasons.

According to the paper, witnesses saw the teenager staggering at the top of the cliff before he fell. The pathologist who carried out the post-mortem said that even if there had been a trauma team at the base of the cliff “it would have been very unlikely that he would have survived”.

Asked if LSD had been used Dr Simi George, the pathologist, replied “yes”, the BBC reports.

The cause of death was given as “multiple traumatic injuries due to a fall from a height”.

Singer Cave (58) and his family have made their home in Brighton for many years. He initially left Australia in 1980.

He and his wife Susie Bick were at the hearing, held before Brighton’s senior coroner at Woodvale Crematorium.

Following Arthur’s death, his parents released a statement describing him as “our beautiful, happy, loving boy”.

Nick Cave is probably best known as the front man of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, which he formed in 1983, and with whom he has released 15 albums, including 1997’s critically acclaimed The Boatman’s Call.

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