Jethro Lazenby, fashion model and son of Australian singer Nick Cave, has died. He’s 30 years old.
“With much sadness, I can confirm that my son, Jethro, has passed away. We are grateful for the family’s privacy at this time,” Cave said in a statement to the media.
No cause of death or other details were given.
Media reports in Australia said Lazenby was released on bail on 5 May after he was found guilty of physically assaulting his mother in March. His lawyer said he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
The BBC reports that Lazenby was jailed in 2018 for violently assaulting his then-girlfriend.
Born in Melbourne in 1991, Lazenby is Cave’s son with model Beau Lazenby. He was born just 10 days before Cave Luke’s second son with his first wife, Brazilian journalist and stylist Viviane Carneiro.
He modeled for several years, walking the runway for brands like Balenciaga, John Varvatos, Costume National and Versace. He also starred in two movies, Corroboree (2007) and 2011 My little princessStarring Isabelle Huppert.
In 2012, Lazenby, while using his father’s last name, told London Evening Standard that his relationship with his father had become strained. “I haven’t had the easiest life yet,” he said Standard. “Things didn’t start off so great, having all these bad things with my dad and being in his shadow.”
Lazenby revealed to the newspaper that he didn’t meet his father until he was “about seven, eight” years old.
Cave talked about his relationship with Lazenby in a 2008 interview with Guardians. “I’m sorry, I didn’t have much contact with Jethro in the early years, but now I have a great relationship with him,” he said. “It was tough at the time, but it turned out great in the end.”
Lazenby’s death occurred seven years after Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur fell to his death from a cliff in Brighton, England. A death investigation, discovered the teenager had been drinking LSD before falling to his death. Arthur Cave is the musician’s son with his current wife, Susie.
Arthur Cave’s death greatly influenced the album Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 2016 Bone tree and next in 2019 Ghosteen and also mentioned in the 2016 documentary One more time with feeling.