Jethro Lazenby, one of Nick Cave’s sons, has died. Cave confirmed the news in a brief statement on Monday (May 9), writing, “With much sadness, I can confirm that my son, Jethro, has passed away. We would be grateful for family privacy at this time. ” A cause of death was not announced. Jethro Lazenby was 31 years old.
Lazenby was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1991, but said that he did not meet his father until he was about 7 or 8. Cave said in 2008, “To my eternal regret, I did not make much contact with Jethro in the early years, but I now have a great relationship with him. ” As a young adult, Lazenby picked up a modeling career, working in London before eventually returning to Australia.
Prior to his death, Lazenby had been arrested for violently assaulting his mother, Beau Lazenby, in Melbourne at the beginning of March. Jethro Lazenby was released from custody this past Friday, according to Melbourne’s Herald Sun.
Lazenby is Cave’s second loss of a child in recent years. In 2015, Cave’s 15-year-old son, Arthur, died after a fall from a cliff in England. Cave wrote Ghosteenhis 2019 album with the Bad Seeds, in his younger son’s memory.