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Nick Cave Speaks Out for the First Time About the 'Catastrophic' Death of His 15-Year-Old Son

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Australian singer Nick Cave is speaking out for the first time about the loss of his son Arthur – more than a year after the 15-year-old fell to his death while under the influence of LSD.

In the somber trailer for the new documentary One More Time with Feeling – which chronicles Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ recording of their new album – the 58-year-old frontman calls the event “catastrophic.”

“Most of us don’t want to change really,” he says in voiceover. “But what happens when an event occurs that is so catastrophic that you just change?”

“You change from a known person to an unknown person,” Cave continues, looking pensive. “So that when you look at yourself in the mirror, do you recognize the person that you were?”

His words are accompanied by a haunting violin solo by collaborator Warren Ellis – who is expected to appear on the band’s new album, Skeleton Tree. The album drops Sept. 9, with the documentary film airing in cinemas the day before.

Arthur Cave; Nick Cave
Courtesy Cave Family; Mike Marsland/Wireimage

Arthur Cave died in July 2015 after falling from the Ovingdean Gap cliffs in Brighton, England. He was a keen drummer, and had appeared in the movie 20,000 Days on Earth alongside his father.

“He was our beautiful, happy, loving boy,” Cave said at the time in a statement. “We ask that we be given the privacy our family needs to grieve at this difficult time.”

He was survived by his mother – former model Susie Bick, 47 –, his twin brother, Earl, and two older half brothers, Jethro and Luke.