Jethro Lazenby, son of Nick Cave and Beau Lazenby, has died aged 30.. Model Jethro was released two days ago from a prison in Australia, where he entered after assaulting his mother.
The young man lived in Melbourne and his death comes seven years after the death of his half-brother Arthur, son of Cave and the singer’s current girlfriend, Susie Bick. Recall that Arthur lost his life after jumping off a cliff after ingesting LSD.
“It is with great sadness that I can confirm that my son Jethro has passed away,” Nick Cave wrote in a terse statement.
Jethro was born in 1991 and didn’t meet his famous dad until he was 7 years old. As he pointed out in several interviews, the relationship between the young man and Cave improved over time, once the boy reached adolescence.
After leaving Australia for the UK as a young man, Jethro became a model and later worked for Balenciaga and Versace. It was also photographed by Hedi Slimane, creative director of the Celine firm. In addition, the artist’s son had also started his own musical projects.
In April, Lazenby was found guilty of physically assaulting his mother. His lawyer announced that he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, according to Guardian. He was imprisoned and released last weekend. Previously, he was convicted of assault in 2018 against his girlfriend.
The death of the young man is the second family drama for Nick Cave after the accidental death in 2015 of one of his twin sons, Arthur, then aged 15. The musician of The Bad Seeds, known for hits like “Into My Arms” and “One More Time With Feeling”, suffered the death of two of his four descendants.
Arthur fell off a cliff in Brighton, England, after ingesting narcotics. In a statement announcing his death, the musician described him as a “beautiful, happy and loving child”.
The impact of his death on Cave is addressed in the documentary Once again with feelingwho focused on making the album skeleton treea moving album that allowed the artist to rebuild himself through art.
In interview with THE NATION In 2018, on the occasion of the last visit of the artist to Argentina, Cave told how he had managed to get ahead after the hard loss of Arthur. “After my son died, I ran out of creative oxygen, I had no oxygen around it all. It was just this event that dominated my life. tried to understand and understand how I could be a creative individual, but also try to overcome all this tragedy. Overcome it in a creative way.” And he added: “Apparently I’ve been able to do that, I’ve been able to write songs that aren’t about that, although my son’s spirit wanders through all the songs that I write. That will always be so. There are many minds that cross my songs, that of my son and that of many people around the world. It’s interesting, the truth is that it’s very difficult, but we wrote a new album and hopefully it will be a testament to life after trauma,” he said.
In March, the musician announced the publication of a memoir recounting how he lived the last six years after Arthur’s sudden death. Faith, Hope and Carnage It is based on 40 hours of conversations the musician had with journalist Sean O’Hagan, with whom he has had a very close relationship for several years. According to the synopsis of the book, it is “a series of reflections with ideas related to faith, art, music, pain and more”.
O’Hagan defined the publication as a book of “intimate and often startling conversations, in which Nick Cave speaks honestly about his life, his music, and the dramatic transformation they both underwent, brought about by personal tragedy” . Furthermore, the reporter pointed out that the post is organized around different topics, such as songwriting, pain, creativity, disaster, challenge, and death. “It provides a deep insight into the singular mind of one of the most original and thought-provoking artists of our time, as well as exploring the complex dynamic between faith and doubt that underlies his work,” O’Hagan said.