Jethro Lazenby, an Australian fashion model who was recently released from prison after being found guilty of assaulting his mother.
Jethro Lazenby, Nick Cave’s oldest son, has died at the age of 31.
“With great regret, I can confirm that my son, Jethro, has died away,” he wrote in a brief statement. At this time, we would appreciate family privacy.”
Jethro was born in 1991 to Nick and mother Beau Lazenby. Nick’s second son Luke was born 10 days after Jethro, to Nick’s first wife Viviane Carneiro; Jethro grew up in Australia and later said he didn’t meet Nick until he was seven or eight years old. “It was a difficult time, but it turned out great in the end,” Nick told a journalist in 2008. “To my eternal regret, I didn’t make much contact with Jethro in the early years, but I now have a great relationship with him.” Jethro said in a 2012 interview: “It didn’t start off that great, having all this shit with my dad and being in his shadow.”
Jethro became a model after migrating to the UK as a young man, working for brands such as Balenciaga and Versace; he was photographed by Hedi Slimane, the creative director of Celine. He also began his own musical endeavors.
After violently assaulting his mother in March, he was convicted guilty of criminal assault in April. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia, according to his lawyer. Last Sunday, he was released from prison. He was previously convicted of assaulting his then-girlfriend in 2018.
Cave has now lost two of his four sons, with Arthur dying at the age of 15 after plunging over a cliff near Brighton. He was characterized as a “wonderful, cheerful, loving youngster” in a statement announcing his death, and the documentary One More Time With Feeling, which focused on the development of the album Skeleton Tree, explored the impact of his death on Cave.