She was 93 years old...

Nick Cave has shared a beautiful tribute to his mother, who has died.

The Australian-born songwriter revealed the news on his website The Red Hand Files, which he uses for direct communication with fans.

While normally the format sees Nick Cave respond to queries, this time the announcement was simply, and without fanfare.

The artist's mother - Dawn Cave - passed away today (September 15th) at the age of 93 years old. A librarian, she fuelled Nick Cave's love of literature.

We wish her family well at this time.

Nick Cave writes:

My beautiful mother passed gently away today. She was ninety-three years old. She was the most extraordinary woman and greatly loved. My family and I would like to thank the nurses at Cabrini Hospital in Brighton, Australia for their most wonderful care and kindness over the last few weeks.

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