Herald Sun

Our beau­ti­ful boy

Nick Cave and fam­ily in mourn­ing af­ter death of teenage twin son

- Incidents · Arthur Ashe · Picaboo · Earl Hines · Ovingdean

NICK Cave and his fam­ily have made a heart­break­ing visit to the site where his 15year-old son, Arthur, died af­ter fall­ing from a cliff.

Cave, wife Susie Bick and Arthur’s twin, Earl, looked at flow­ers and emo­tional writ­ten tributes to Arthur, who was found on a path at the foot of Ov­ingdean Gap, near the fam­ily’s home in Brighton.

Earl left his own poignant trib­ute to his twin, leav­ing flow­ers with a note call­ing Arthur a “joy to be around”.

“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 wrote.

Cave and Ms Bick re­leased a state­ment ask­ing for pri­vacy while the fam­ily grieved.

“Our son Arthur died on Tues­day evening. He was our beau­ti­ful, happy lov­ing boy,” they said.

Po­lice said that Arthur was found with life-threat­en­ing in­juries 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.

Bri­tish news­pa­per The Mir­ror re­ported Arthur was seen look­ing happy and smil­ing in a pic­ture he up­loaded to Snapchat just two hours be­fore he fell.

Arthur was shown smil­ing in a base­ball cap and sweat­shirt just 90m from the spot where he later fell, the Mir­ror re­ported.

Friends from St Bede’s School, where Arthur was a stu­dent, laid flow­ers at the clifftop.

Ed Buck­nall told The Argus Arthur was his best friend. “He was one of the nicest guys you could meet,” he said. “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.”

 ??  ?? Top: Arthur’s dis­traught mum, Susie Bick; (main) fa­ther Nick Cave; a trib­ute to the school­boy from twin brother Earl; the Ov­ingdean Gap from which the teenager fell and far right, Arthur’s last selfie.
Top: Arthur’s dis­traught mum, Susie Bick; (main) fa­ther Nick Cave; a trib­ute to the school­boy from twin brother Earl; the Ov­ingdean Gap from which the teenager fell and far right, Arthur’s last selfie.

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