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Nick Cave's Teenage Son Dies In Cliff Fall

Fifteen-year-old Arthur Cave died in hospital after plunging from cliffs at Ovingdean Gap in Sussex, police confirmed.

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Nick Cave's teenage son died after falling from cliffs near the family's home on the Sussex coast in southern England, police said Wednesday.

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Arthur Cave (far right) pictured with his twin brother, Earl (left), mother, Susie Bick (second left), and father, Nick (second right), in London in 2012.

East Sussex police said Arthur Cave was found at the foot of Ovingdean Gap cliffs on Tuesday evening. Members of the public performed first aid, before he was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, the Brighton Argus reported.

A teenage boy died last night after falling from a cliff in Ovingdean. Police are not treating it as suspicious.

The 15-year-old was airlifted to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries. The death is being dealt with by the coroner's office and is not being treated as suspicious, ITV News said.

His father – famed as the singer for The Bad Seeds, Grinderman, and, formerly, The Birthday Party – and mother, Susie Bick, paid tribute to their son in a statement: "Our son Arthur died on Tuesday evening. He was our beautiful, happy loving boy."

Nick and Susie Cave pay tribute to their son Arthur, "a beautiful, happy loving boy" -

Schoolfriend Lucy Hopson spoke to the Brighton Argus to pay tribute to Arthur: "This news is shocking, being at school with Arthur in the recent two years I formed a good friendship with him.

"It saddens me greatly to find out this news, because he was such a kind, hilarious and fun to be around person. Rest in peace Arthur."

Nick Cave, 57, and Bick have another son, Earl, who is Arthur's twin brother. Cave has two more sons, Jethro and Luke, from a previous relationship.

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