Jethro Lazenby was a model and was born while his mother Beau Lazenby was in a relationship with the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds singer
Nick Cave’s eldest child, Jethro Lazenby, has died aged 31 (Image: Getty Images)
Rock musician Nick Cave’s son Jethro Lazenby has died at the age of 31.
It comes just under seven years after the Australian singer lost his son Arthur, who died after falling off a cliff on the outskirts of Brighton.
Jethro Lazenby was the musician’s eldest child and was born after Cave’s relationship with Australian model Beau Lazenby.
So what happened to Lazenby — and what did Nick Cave say about his son’s death?
Who was Jethro Lazenby?
Jethro Lazenby, who also used the surname Cave, was an Australian model born in Melbourne in 1991.
He was born 10 days before Cave’s second son Luke, who he had with Brazilian stylist Viviane Carneiro.
According to an interview with the 2012 evening standardLazenby didn’t meet his famous father until he was seven or eight years old.
In 2008, Nick Cave said it was his “eternal regret” that he hadn’t contacted Lazenby sooner, but said at the time that they had “formed a great relationship” since then.
During his modeling career, Jethro Lazenby did shoots and catwalks for Balenciaga, Charles Anastase and Lou Dalton.
The model was also charged with theft at a supermarket.
He was on bail at the time of his mother’s attack, having previously been jailed for assaulting his girlfriend in 2018.
Lazenby’s attorney said the 30-year-old had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and the condition affected his judgement.
The cause of Jethro Lazenby’s death has not yet been given.
What did Nick Cave say about Jethro Lazenby’s death?
Nick Cave has released a brief statement on the death of his eldest son.
“It is with great sadness that I can confirm that my son Jethro has passed away,” said the musician.
“We would be grateful for the privacy of the family at this time.”
It’s unclear if the rock star will be performing his upcoming summer festival dates.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will play at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain, Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and All Points East in London.
What happened to Nick Cave’s son Arthur?
Jethro Lazenby’s death isn’t the first time Nick Cave has endured the tragedy of losing a child.
In July 2015, his son Arthur Cave died after falling off cliffs at Ovingdean Gap, near Brighton.
Arthur and his twin brother Earl were born in 2000 to Cave and his wife Susie Bick.
Around the time of his death, Nick Cave wrote the album Skeleton Tree with his band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, the making of which was documented in the film One More Time with Feeling.
The album focuses on the themes of death, loss and grief explored through allegory rather than explicitly referencing Arthur Cave’s death.