Nick Cave’s son Jethro Lazenby has died aged 30, the musician said today – seven years after the star’s 15-year-old son Arthur fell to his death from a cliff in Brighton.
Jethro, who lived in Melbourne, had been released from prison on bail two days before his death after being jailed for leaving his mother ‘bruised and bleeding’ after kneeing her in the face during a row over cigarettes.
‘With much sadness, I can confirm that my son, Jethro, has passed away,’ Cave said. ‘We would be grateful for family privacy at this time.’
The Australian singer, best known as the frontman of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, was first struck by tragedy in July 2015 when Arthur fell 60ft to his death from a cliff in Ovingdean, near Brighton. He had been taking the hallucinogenic drug LSD, an inquest later heard.
Jethro had been released on bail from Melbourne Remand Centre on Thursday after a magistrate ordered he undergo substance abuse treatment and avoid contact with his mother for two years.
‘I do say to you that it’s entirely in your best interests to participate with all support services that I’ve set-up for you,’ Magistrate Donna Bakos said.
‘It’s very very important that your path to rehabilitation will be a much more positive one and therefore you will be less of a risk to the community at large and in particular to your mother.’
Jethro was born to his Melbourne-based model mother Beau Lazenby in 1991, who was in a relationship with Cave at the time.
Cave has two other sons, Luke, 30, from his first marriage to Viviane Carneiro, and Earl, 21, from his marriage to Susie Bick.
Nick Cave today confirmed ‘with much sadness’ that his son, Jethro Lazenby, had died (Jethro is pictured modelling in Milan)
Cave, pictured, said: ‘With much sadness, I can confirm that my son, Jethro, has passed away. We would be grateful for family privacy at this time’
The Australian singer, best known as the frontman of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, was first struck by tragedy in July 2015 when Arthur fell 60ft to his death from a cliff in Ovingdean, near Brighton
Jethro had roles in 2007 film Corroboree and 2011’s My Little Princess – starring Isabelle Huppert – but suffered from personal problems for some years after struggling with his mental health.
Despite using his father’s name to drive his own modelling career, Jethro has said in the past he didn’t meet Cave until he was seven.
The 30-year-old was jailed earlier this year following an assault on his mother, Beau Lazenby, in Melbourne.
She had found her troubled son at her front door just after midnight on March 7, before he convinced her to allow him to stay the night.
The following morning the pair got into an argument where Jethro kneed his mother in the face, causing bleeding and bruising.
He admitted one count of unlawful assault and breaching court orders after other charges were struck out following a deal with prosecutors, the Herald Sun reported.
Jethro’s lawyer, Sean Ghattas, said he has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and that affected his judgement.
Mr Ghattas asked his sentence be time served and for him to be released from prison, but Magistrate Donna Bakos replied: ‘I’m not sure I agree with you.’
Jethro was jailed earlier this year following an assault on his mother, Beau Lazenby, in Melbourne
Jethro (pictured modelling in Milan) attacked his mother after he demanded she buy him cigarettes
She noted his ‘considerable criminal history’, which includes a series of violent assaults on his girlfriend in 2018 which saw him spend time in jail.
The court heard Cave’s son had screamed: ‘I’m going to murder you’ three times while holding the woman down.
Cave with Arthur (right) in 2012 and his other son, Earl, during a premiere of the Hobbit in London in 2012
Cave with his wife, Susie, at a London dinner to raise money for a charity campaigning against HIV