Cave confirmed his son’s passing in a statement today (May 9). “With much sadness, I can confirm that my son, Jethro, has passed away,” he said. “We would be grateful for family privacy at this time.”
Lazenby was living in Australia at the time of his death. His mother is Melbourne-based model Beau Lazenby, who was in a relationship with Cave when Lazenby was born in 1991. Cave told The Guardian in 2008 that he didn’t meet Jethro until Jethro was around seven or eight years old. “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,” he said.
Lazenby was released on bail last Thursday from Melbourne Remand Centre after being jailed for kneeing his mother in the face, leaving her “bruised and bleeding,” according to Melbourne newspaper Herald Sun. He was ordered to undergo substance abuse treatment and avoid contacting his mother for two years.
This is Cave’s second child loss in recent years. In July 2015, his 15-year-old son Arthur fell to his death from a cliff near Brighton, England. Cave’s 2019 album Ghosteen was written in memory of Arthur.