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Australian singer Nick Cave has shared the heartbreaking news that his oldest son Jethro Lazenby has died, aged 31.
In a statement shared today, Cave said: “With much sadness, I can confirm that my son, Jethro, has passed away. We would be grateful for family privacy at this time.”
Lazenby was born in 1991 to Cave and his mother, Beau Lazenby. Reportedly, Cave didn’t meet Lazenby until he was seven, with his son spending his early years in Australia.
In 2008, Cave told The Guardian: “To my eternal regret, I didn’t make much contact with Jethro in the early years, but I now have a great relationship with him.”
Lazenby moved to the United Kingdom to focus on his modelling and acting career, and was open about his struggles with Cave.
“It didn’t start off that great, having all this sh*t with my dad and being in his shadow,” he admitted to The Guardian in 2012.
His death follows a stint in a Melbourne jail, after admitting to assaulting his mother in March.
According to The Sun, the model was reportedly released on bail just days before he died, with the cause of death unknown at this stage.
There have been reports that Lazenby was ordered to avoid contact with his mother and undergo substance abuse treatment.
This comes seven years after Cave lost another child to an early death, son Arthur, who was just 15.
Arthur accidentally fell to his death in Brighton, United Kingdom, suffering a fatal brain injury.
Fans have spoken about how heartbroken they are for Cave, with one writing on social media: “Deepest condolences, dear Nick. Heartbreaking news.”
“God, another son lost? Tragic.”
“To lose two children so unexpectedly would be devastating. I can’t imagine.”
Mental health support for yourself or a loved one can be found by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800. Online support is available via Beyond Blue.
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