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Please Don't Ignore the Real Story Behind Nick Cave's Son's Death

11/11/2015 11:26 GMT | Updated 11/11/2016 10:12 GMT

The death of a child after trying a drug for the first time has nothing to do with his father's taste in movies.

The Times seemed to forget this back in July, when it published an article intent on linking musician Nick Cave's interest in 'dark' films to his 15-year-old son Arthur falling of a cliff.

Just days after the - then unexplained - tragedy, the piece brooded on the fact that Cave had "watched violent films with his children", that he had said it it important to let kids "experience fear", and that he is "known as the Prince of Darkness because of his obsession with death and violence."

As I wrote on Twitter at the time, this was pretty disgraceful journalism - Nick Cave was a grieving parent and I'm pretty sure being the Prince of Darkness was not what his mind was focused on that day.

But the Times had made its judgement: 'A rockstar's young son has died in a dramatic way, this must be something dark and mysterious'.

It took the online version of the article down shortly after publication, admitting it was "inappropriate". There had been no mention of drugs in connection with Arthur's death when it was published.

But after yesterday's inquest into his death, it's now public that Arthur had taken LSD or acid - a substance which a scientist at the hearing warned could be becoming more popular.

Today's media coverage of this may be no less painful for Arthur's parents to read than the Times article, but at least it is based on actual facts.

Here are two heartbreaking details:

1) Arthur and his friends chose to try LSD for the first time on a clifftop, because they tragically thought it would be safe. The coroner said the group picked the bare area because they saw it as "safe and open". One boy who took LSD with Arthur said Cave's son had researched the effects of the drug online, but had not read anything about the "darker side".

2) Summing up the inquest, the coroner said that Arthur was doing something very normal: "experimenting, which kids do all the time". Acid is probably not "too difficult to get hold of" in Brighton where he lived, she added.

A friend of mine works in an 999 call response centre, and was on duty when a call came in about a young woman who had taken a heroin overdose, aged 25.

Her name was Peaches Geldof, but in those circumstances, who cared who her parents were? She was a vulnerable young woman, who fell victim to something terrible, one tragedy among the many calls connected to drugs that they receive daily.

And the inquest into Arthur's death reminds us of the same thing: this was not some shadowy demise of a rock star's son, fated for tragedy because of his links to fame, but a heartbreaking experience of drugs by young, naive person.

Yes, not every kid is on a clifftop taking LSD at 15, but many are experimenting with drugs they don't understand, and making tragic mistakes.

Last year, one in six children aged between 11 and 15 in England said they had taken drugs - nearly a third of a million kids had tried them in the last year.

Not so dark and mysterious after all.