A mother has told of her total devastation and shock after her son was found dead in a car which plunged 450ft down Beachy Head .
Sue Curtis, from Hastings is trying to come to terms with the sudden loss of her 33-year-old son Ben who was found last Wednesday (July 17).
Police were called just after 2pm to a report of a car seen over Beachy Head.
The Honda car was located by police on the rocks below and an extensive operation to recover it was launched with the coastguard and fire service.
A post mortem has been carried out and an inquest was opened and adjourned at Eastbourne Coroners Court.
Ben, a labourer, was living in Seaford with his girlfriend of 10 years at the time of his death.
He made regular visits to Hastings to see his mother, sister Lucy and her children.
Mrs Curtis said she had no idea why her son would drive a car over a cliff.
“We are in a state of total shock, “ she said.
“I only saw him last month and had no idea he could do something like this.
“He had been a bit depressed recently but nothing to worry about.
“ He was just a lovely lad full of life and I can’t believe he has gone.
“He had a normal relationship and we just can’t understand what has happened.”
Lucy, 31, said, “He was the perfect brother to me.
“He loved my kids and used to take them out and take them on trips.
“He was living over in Seaford but would come over when he could.
“I last spoke to him about four weeks ago.
“If we only knew why he did it.
“Life is very hard at the moment and some people can’t cope with things.
“He was such a good brother who give everyone the time of day.
“He who will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.”