Jethro Lazenby, model and son of Australian singer Nick Cave, has passed away. He was 30 years old.
“It is with great sadness that I can confirm that my son Jethro has passed away. We would be grateful for family privacy at this time, ”Cave said in a statement.
The cause of death and other details are not specified.
Australian media reported that Lazenby was released on bail on May 5 after he was found guilty of physically assaulting his mother in March. His lawyer said he was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
The BBC reports that Lazenby spent time in prison in 2018 for violently assaulting his then-girlfriend.
Born in Melbourne in 1991, Lazenby was Cave’s son with model Beau Lazenby. He was born just 10 days before Cave’s second son Luke with his first wife, Brazilian journalist and stylist Viviane Carneiro.
He worked as a model for several years, walking the runway for Balenciaga, John Varvatos, Costume National and Versace. He also starred in two films, 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 was strained. “I didn’t have the easiest life,” he said Standard. “It didn’t start so great, having all that shit with Dad and being in his shadow.”
Lazenby revealed to the newspaper that he did not meet his father until he was “about seven, eight” years old.
Cave spoke about his relationship with Lazenby in an interview with The 2008 Guard. “To my eternal regret, I didn’t have much contact with Jethroom in my early years, but now I have a great relationship with him,” he said. “It was hard at the time, but it turned out great in the end.”
Lazenby’s death comes seven years after Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur Cave fell to his death from a cliff in Brighton, England. An investigation into the death revealed that the teenager took LSD before he died. Arthur Cave was the musician’s son with his current wife Susie.
The death of Arthur Cave greatly influenced Nick Cave’s 2016 album and the Bad Seeds. Skeleton tree and its monitoring in 2019 Ghosteen and was also touched on in the 2016 documentary Once again with feeling.