Singer Nick Cave’s Son Arthur Fell to His Death After Taking LSD, Coroner Says

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Singer Nick Cave's teenage son Arthur fell to his death after taking LSD, a British coroner ruled on Tuesday, Nov. 10 Araya Diaz/Getty Images

The death of Australian singer Nick Cave’s son was ruled “accidental” by a British coroner, who revealed on Tuesday, Nov. 10, that the teen fell from a cliff shortly after taking the drug LSD.

15-year-old Arthur Cave died on July 15 after falling 60 feet near Brighton in England, and testimony at the inquest revealed that he had taken the hallucinogen with a friend shortly beforehand, and was seen “staggering” on his own before he fell, according to the BBC. He was rushed to a local hospital where he later died.

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Susie Bick and Nick Cave with their children Earl and Arthur (R) attends the front row for the Philip Treacy show on day 3 of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013, at The Royal Courts Of Justice on September 16, 2012 Nick Harvey/WireImage

Cave, 58, and his wife, model Susie Bick, attended the inquest, which revealed that their son had died of multiple brain injuries, but the grieving parents briefly left the hearing during the detailed testimony of their son’s injuries, according to the Associated Press. They later hugged outside the court.

In a statement issued after the inquest, the Cave family described Arthur as “a wonderfully unruly, creative and free-spirited young man with an infectious, happy, funny daredevil nature. He loved his friends and family, idolized his twin brother Earl and was never far from his side.”

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