A coroner’s inquest has heard that Australian singer Nick Cave’s son had taken LSD before falling to his death from a cliff on England’s south coast in July.
Arthur Cave was found lying on the side of the underpass of Ovingdean Gap in East Sussex on 14 July.
The 15-year-old was spotted “staggering” and “zig-zagging” by motorists at the top of the hill before he fell, the inquest at Woodvale Crematorium in Brighton heard.
Witnesses tried to resuscitate him at the scene after he was found on the pavement. He was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital but died later that evening.
Cave, an Australian singer, and his wife Susie left the hearing as his injuries were described in graphic detail from a post-mortem examination report.
During the evidence of pathologist Dr Simi George, Brighton’s senior coroner Veronica Hamilton-Deeley asked: “The history you had was that LSD was used?”
Dr George replied: “Yes.“
The cause of death was listed as “multiple traumatic injuries due to a fall from a height”.
Sussex Police said there is not currently an investigation underway into how Arthur came to have LSD in his system.
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