Nick Cave’s eldest child Jethro Lazenby has died aged 31 (image: Getty Images)
Nick Cave’s son Jethro Lazenby has died in Australia at the age of 31, the rock musician has revealed.
It comes just under seven years after the singer-songwriter lost his son Arthur, who died after falling from a cliff near Brighton.
Jethro Lazenby was Cave’s eldest child and was born after his relationship with Australian model Beau Lazenby.
So what do we know about Jethro Lazenby - and what has Nick Cave said about his son’s death?
Who was Jethro Lazenby?
Jethro Lazenby was a model who was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1991.
He was born 10 days before the birth of Cave’s second eldest son Luke - whom he had with Brazilian stylist Viviane Carneiro.
According to a 2012 interview with the Evening Standard, Lazenby did not meet his father until he was seven or eight years old.
In 2008, Nick Cave said it was his “eternal regret” he had not made contact with Lazenby sooner, but said at the time that they had since built “a great relationship”.
During his modelling career, which spanned his teens and early-20s, Jethro Lazenby did shoots and catwalks for fashion houses like Balenciaga, Charles Anastase and Lou Dalton.
He opened the Mercedes Australian Fashion Week in Sydney in 2006 at the age of just 15.
But after dropping out of the fashion world, Lazenby reportedly struggled with drug addiction.
At the time of his death, he was on bail and awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to the unlawful assault of his mother - whom he kneed in the face following an argument in March.
Lazenby was also due to face charges for stealing from a supermarket and had previously been jailed for assaulting his girlfriend in 2018.
His lawyer said the 31-year-old had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and that the condition had impaired his judgement.
No cause has yet been given for his death.
What has Nick Cave said about Jethro Lazenby death?
Nick Cave has released a brief statement about the death of his eldest son.
“With much sadness, I can confirm that my son, Jethro, has passed away,” the musician said.
“We would be grateful for family privacy at this time.”
It’s unclear whether the rock star will perform his upcoming summer festival dates.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are due to play at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain, Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and All Points East in London over the coming months.
The singer is also the subject of a documentary - This Much I Know to be True - which will look into his creative process and is going on global release on Wednesday (10 May).
What happened to Nick Cave’s son Arthur?
Jethro Lazenby’s death is not the first time Nick Cave has had to suffer the tragedy of losing a child.
In July 2015, his son Arthur Cave died after falling from cliffs at Ovingdean Gap, near Brighton.
The inquest into Arthur’s death found the teenager had taken LSD shortly before suffering "multiple traumatic injuries due to a fall from a height".
Arthur and his twin brother Earl were born to Cave and his wife Susie Bick in 2000.
Around the time of his death, Nick Cave wrote the album ‘Skeleton Tree’ for his band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - the creation of which was documented in the film One More Time with Feeling.
The album focuses on the themes of death, loss and grief, which are explored through allegory rather than referencing Arthur Cave’s death explicitly.