Nick Cave has thanked fans for their messages of support following the death of his son Jethro earlier this month.
Jethro Lazenby died at the age of 31, with an official statement from the Bad Seeds singer at the time saying: “With much sadness, I can confirm that my son, Jethro, has passed away. We would be grateful for family privacy at this time.”
In a post on his Red Hand Files website, where he answers questions from fans, Cave has now shared his first public message on Jethro’s death since the original statement.
In the post, an Australian fan called Teresa wrote to Cave, saying: “Dear Nick, I have no question for you today. I just wanted to send my heartfelt condolences on the tragic loss of Jethro. All I can do is offer the collective love of all who read your letters.
Much love to you and all your family.”
In response, Cave wrote:
Thank you for your letter. Many others have written to me about Jethro, sending condolences and kind words. These letters are a great source of comfort and I’d like to thank all of you for your support.
I’ll be back to The Red Hand Files in a few weeks.
Photographer and model Lazenby, who also went under the name Jethro Cave, was jailed earlier this year after he was found guilty of attacking his mother, Beau Lazenby, in Melbourne, Australia.
It is the latest family tragedy to strike Cave following the death of his younger son, Arthur, who fell 60ft from a cliff in 2015 at the age of 15. He had been taking the hallucinogenic drug LSD, an inquest later heard.
Jethro was born in Melbourne in 1991, but only met his father for the first time when he turned seven.
Nick Cave is set to tour with The Bad Seeds this summer, playing UK and European gigs that begin next weekend in Barcelona.
Cave and collaborator Warren Ellis also released a new documentary called ‘This Much I Know To Be True’ this month.