Rocker's Teen Son Took LSD Before Fatal Fall

Coroner rules Arthur Cave's death accidental
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2015 10:34 AM CST
In this July 26, 2013, file photo, Australian singer Nick Cave performs with his band The Bad Seeds on the main stage during the 38th Paleo Festival in Nyon, Switzerland.   (AP Photo/Keystone,Laurent Gillieron, File)

(Newser) – Before rocker Nick Cave's 15-year-old son fell to his death from a 60-foot cliff in July, he had taken LSD with a friend, a coroner's inquest heard Tuesday. The coroner deemed the cause of death "accidental," the AP reports; Arthur Cave died of multiple brain injuries after the fall on England's south coast. The teen shared three tablets of the drug with a friend; they were trying the hallucinogen for the first time, the Guardian reports.

"Arthur was also slightly hesitant but said to [his friend] that if they were thinking or worrying [about] bad things before taking the tablets that would have an effect on their trip," a detective testified. "They debated for a few minutes about whether to take the tablets, then both took them together." They were in "good spirits and happy," the detective said, but Arthur's friend said the teen started having "vivid hallucinations," "became paranoid," and "couldn't tell what was real and what was not real," the detective said. The friends got separated, and witnesses reported seeing Arthur staggering around at the top of the cliff minutes before he fell.

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