- 10 May 22
The Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds frontman has tragically lost a second son, announced Monday.
Yesterday, Australian singer-songwriter and frontman of The Bad Seeds, Nick Cave released a devastating statement, sharing, “With much sadness, I can confirm that my son, Jethro, has passed away.”
Jethro Lazenby was just thirty-one years old. A former model and actor, Cave’s eldest son experienced a decline in his mental health over recent years and was recently diagnosed with schizophrenia after an alleged attack against his mother, Beau Lazenby, which landed Cave’s son in jail. Lazenby was released on bail on May 5, under the conditions he sought rehabilitation treatment. He passed not long after.
Lazenby’s death has sparked an online discussion about creating safer communities through investing more into mental health practices. One user wrote, “To lose a second child as tragically as this is incomprehensible…We must support those who are victims of themselves.”
“Schizophrenia, wildly misleading, can be devastating,” shared Sathnam Sanghera, best-selling author of Empire Land, in response to a headline announcing Lazenby’s death.
Jethro is the second of The Bad Seeds singer’s children to pass away at a young age. Cave’s son, Arthur, died at just fifteen years old in 2015 after falling tragically from a cliff.
The singer-songwriter’s time with both his sons was limited, as Cave first met Jethro when his son was seven years old. Jethro was born in Melbourne to Beau Lazenby, only discovering Cave was his father later in childhood.
Fans and celebrities alike have flocked to the internet to send their love to Cave. Following the news, Trigger Happy comedian Dom Joly expressed, “My heart aches for Nick Cave – life is fucking hard.”
Just last year, six years after losing Arthur, Cave responded to a question on his website Red Hand Files which asked, “When did you write ‘Heart That Kills You?’ It is a beautiful thing.” The Australian singer responded, “Part of my own experience of grief has been a kind of forgetting – where significant portions of my life following Arthur’s death seem largely lost to me.” He elaborated further to share that it is hard for him to even remember stories behind the songs on Part 2 of the B Sides & Rarities Album, “because most of them were written in the period immediately after my son died.”
Jethro Lazenby is survived by his half-brothers Luke and Earl. Cave expressed in his statement on Monday that he and his loved ones, “Would be grateful for family privacy at this time.”
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