The tragic death of Australian icon Nick Cave’s teenage son just over a week ago has become the subject of an inquest.
15-year-old Arthur Cave was believed to have died after falling from a cliff in Brighton, UK, and the British coroner’s office has now confirmed that this indeed seems to be the case.
As NME reports, coroner’s officer Thea Jones has told the inquest that the 15-year-old died from “multiple traumatic injuries due to a fall from a height”.
She also 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”.
Police are not treating the death as suspicious, but investigations are expected to continue.
There have also been claims that paramedics were unable to reach Arthur for 20 minutes as he lay dying at the foot of the cliff, due to a locked gate, but South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) have since reported that there will be no investigation in that regard because he was still treated “quickly”.
Following the tragedy, Nick Cave and his wife Susie issued their own statement, reading: “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”.
Arthur’s twin brother, Earl, has since left a heartbreaking, written note at the scene of his brother’s accident (below).
The initial inquest has wrapped up for now, but a full investigation into Arthur Cave’s tragic death will launch again on November 20th.