(Over the last several years I have been trying and trying to get behind the music of Nick Cave. My wife absolutely loves his music and plays it all the time, and I should dig it as well. I’m not going to say I dislike it, but I need more time to say I enjoy it. Apparently, his live show is incredible, and I can see how that could be true; so much drama in his music. Well, he’s been fed a right terrible bit of drama this week, and our hearts break for him. Losing a child is the worst thing that could happen to anyone. Here’s some words we found about this tragedy from the good folks at telegraph.co.uk. – FATS)
The teenage son of the musician Nick Cave has died after plunging from a cliff on the South Coast just hours after sending a smiling “selfie” photograph close to the spot from which he fell.
The 15-year-old had suffered life threatening injuries and was taken to hospital, but died later that evening.
Cave and his wife, Susie, said: “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 was discovered on Undercliff Walk, a coastal path 60ft below the top of the cliff ledge. An air ambulance carried him to hospital after members of the public walking at the beauty spot saw him and attempted to administer first aid.
The teenager, who lived in Brighton, died at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious. Sources have said that the episode is being treated as an accident, not a suicide. A coroner is preparing a file on the case.
Arthur apparently sent a grinning image of himself near to the cliff edge to friends on the messaging app Snapchat shortly before his death.
Kimya Hajisaeagh, 15, who received the photograph, has known Arthur since primary school. She said: “I think he was with his brother and a friend at some point that day but I don’t know whether he was with them at the time he fell.
“He wouldn’t normally hang around here, but one of our friends lives near the hillside and he may have been going to visit him.”
Cave, 57, is an Australian musician and songwriter, best known as being lead singer of the band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, an alternative rock group formed in Melbourne in 1983.
Last year, he and his wife appeared alongside Arthur and his twin brother Earl in 20,000 Days On Earth, a film documenting a fictitious 24 hours in the singer’s life. Cave has two other sons, Luke and Jethro.
As recently as 2010, authorities used fences to keep the public away from the foot of the Ovingdean cliffs, just min-utes from Brighton’s Marina, with signs warning “Unstable cliffs keep out”.
On Wednesday, his twin brother Earl left flowers and a message on the beach. The note read: “Arthur – I love you so much. You were a joy to be around and I will never forget you. You were the best brother I could ever ask for. Earl.”
One of the notes that they read was left by Arthur’s friends, who promised to return to the cliff “every July 14” to commemorate his death.
Arthur’s fall comes after teenagers were spotted at the weekend sitting on top of the nearby Seven Sisters cliffs in Seaford, also East Sussex. The group of youths dangled their legs over the white cliffs, which are known for rock falls and cliff falls every year.