Nick Cave’s son Jethro Lazenby has died at the age of 31.
The news was confirmed in an official statement from the Bad Seeds singer. He said: “With much sadness, I can confirm that my son, Jethro, has passed away. We would be grateful for family privacy at this time.”
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.
He became a model after being scouted out in Melbourne, but also secured acting roles in 2007’s ‘Corroboree’ and 2011’s ‘My Little Princess’.
His death comes just days after he was released from jail following the attack on his mother. According to local reports, Beau found Jethro at her front door before he convinced her to allow him to stay over. The pair are said to have had an argument the following morning, which saw him viciously attack his mother.
Jethro’s lawyer, Sean Ghattas, said he has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and that it affected his judgement.
According to reports in local media, Beau found Jethro at her front door before convincing her to stay over at the house. Reports state that the pair had an argument the following morning, during which Jethro attacked his mother.
In sentencing him, Magistrate Donna Bakos noted his “considerable criminal history”, which included a series of violent assaults on his girlfriend in 2018 which saw him spend time behind bars.
The court had heard how Cave’s son screamed “I’m going to murder you” while holding his girlfriend down.
In the case of the latest incident, he was released on bail from Melbourne Remand Centre last Thursday (May 5) after a magistrate confirmed that he must undergo substance abuse treatment and avoid all contact with his mother for the next two years.
Ms Bakos told him: “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. 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.”