MUSICIAN Nick Cave has told how he still feels the presence of his teenage son Arthur who died three years ago.

The singer posted an emotional open letter on his website where he invites fans to ask him questions.

One woman said she “still felt some communication” with family and friends who had died and asked if it was the same for him.

Nick, who lives in Brighton with his wife Susie and Arthur’s twin Earl, thanked her for the “beautiful” question.

He replied: “If we love, we grieve... I feel the presence of my son, all around, but he may not be there.”

Arthur was 15 when he died after falling from cliffs at Ovingdean in 2015.

An inquest into his death heard he had been experimenting with LSD.

Nick, best known as lead singer of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, shared his feelings on The Red Hand Files website.

He wrote: “I feel the presence of my son, all around, but he may not be there.

“I hear him talk to me, parent me, guide me, though he may not be there.

“He visits Susie in her sleep regularly, speaks to her, comforts her, but he may not be there.

“Dread grief trails bright phantoms in its wake. These spirits are ideas, essentially.

“They are our stunned imaginations reawakening after the calamity.

“Like ideas, these spirits speak of possibility.

“Follow your ideas, because on the other side of the idea is change and growth and redemption. Create your spirits.

“Call to them. Will them alive. Speak to them.

“It is their impossible and ghostly hands that draw us back to the world from which we were jettisoned; better now and unimaginably changed.”

Nick said the spirits are the “guides that lead us out of the darkness”.

He wrote: “It seems to me, that if we love, we grieve. That’s the deal. That’s the pact.

“Grief and love are forever intertwined. Grief is the terrible reminder of the depths of our love and, like love, grief is non-negotiable.

“There is a vastness to grief that overwhelms our minuscule selves.

“We are tiny, trembling clusters of atoms subsumed within grief’s awesome presence.

“It occupies the core of our being and extends through our fingers to the limits of the universe.

“Within that whirling gyre all manner of madnesses exist; ghosts and spirits and dream visitations, and everything else that we, in our anguish, will into existence.

“These are precious gifts that are as valid and as real as we need them to be.

“They are the spirit guides that lead us out of the darkness.”

Last year the heartbroken star said the family was planning to leave Brighton, where they have lived for many years, because the “pain of the memories was too great”.

They considered moving to America but are currently still based in their Regency mansion in Kemp Town.

In September Nick and his band lost their pianist, Conway Savage, who died aged 58.

Conway joined the Bad Seeds in 1990.

The musician was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2017 and subsequently underwent an operation.

In a statement, the band said: “Our beloved Conway passed away on Sunday evening.

“A member of Bad Seeds for nearly 30 years, Conway was the anarchic thread that ran through the band’s live performances.

“He was much loved by everyone, band members and fans like.

“Irascible, funny, terrifying, sentimental, warm-hearted, gentle, acerbic, honest, genuine – he was all of these things and quite literally had the gift of a golden voice, high and sweet and drenched in soul.”