THE teenage son of Australian rock icon Nick Cave has died after falling from a cliff at Brighton on the southern coast of England.
“Our son Arthur died on Tuesday evening. He was our beautiful, happy loving boy,” Cave and his wife, model Susie Bick, said in a statement issued by Sussex Police on Wednesday.
“We ask that we be given the privacy our family needs to grieve at this difficult time.”
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Police said Arthur was found with life-threatening injuries by members of the public at the bottom of the cliff at Ovingdean Gap about 6pm on Tuesday after having fallen from the cliffs.
“He died later that evening of his injuries in hospital. The death is not being treated as suspicious,” a spokesman said.
Arthur’s 57-year-old father, mother and twin brother Earl, who live in Brighton, walked to the cliff top at Ovingdean on Wednesday afternoon and viewed flowers and other tributes placed there, Brighton’s The Argus newspaper reported online.
They left telling journalists they did not want to speak at this time.
Friends from Bedes school where Arthur was a student laid flowers at the clifftop on Wednesday.
Ed Bucknall told The Argus that Arthur was his best friend and he saw him every day.
“He was one of the nicest guys you could meet, he was so funny and just so much fun. He never said a bad word about anyone.
“He loved skating, we always used to skate together. And now we can’t.”
Another friend, Charles Terras, 14, said: “We were at his house yesterday morning and then later on in the day we couldn’t get hold of him. He kind of disappeared.
“It is horrible for his brother Earl.”
Nick Cave grew up in southeastern Australia but moved to London with his punk band The Birthday Party in 1980. He is best known for his work with the band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.