Jethro Lazenby, who worked as an actor and model under the name Jethro Cave, was the eldest son of Australian singer, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional actor Nick Cave. Sadly, he died on Sunday aged 31. But what was Jethro Cave’s cause of death?

On May 9, 2022, musician Nick Cave confirmed the death of his eldest son, Jethro Cave. The son of the Australian musician passed away just days after he was released on bail following an admitted assault on his mother.

But who was Nick Cave’s son, Jethro Cave? Here’s all you need to know about Jethro, including the cause of his death, the reason behind his imprisonment, his siblings, and more.

Who was Jethro Cave?

Jethro Cave was an actor and model born in 1991. He died aged 31.

His father, Nick Cave, is a Bad Seeds singer who was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007 and named an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017. Meanwhile, his mother, Beau Lazenby, is a former model who also hails from Australia.

Jethro Cave died aged 31
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Nick Cave’s eldest son largely worked as a model – including for Versace and Balenciaga – while also taking on some acting roles in the 2007 film Corroboree and 2011’s My Little Princess.

Jethro was one of 200 “cultural icons” photographed by Nick Knight for iD Magazine’s 30th-anniversary issue.

What was Jethro Cave’s cause of death?

On May 9, 2022, Nick Cave confirmed the tragic news of his son’s death in a statement that read:

“With much sadness, I can confirm that my son, Jethro, has passed away. We would be grateful for family privacy at this time.”

The cause of Jethro Cave’s death hasn’t been announced yet. He had faced personal problems for some years after struggling with his mental health. His lawyer recently disclosed that he suffered from schizophrenia.

Jethro lived in Melbourne and had been released from prison just two days before he died.

Why was Jethro Cave in prison?

In April 2022, Jethro was jailed for assaulting his mother, Beau Lazenby, at her house in Melbourne.

A court heard that Jethro kneed his mother in the face during a dispute, causing bruising and bleeding.

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Nick Cave’s eldest son, Jethro Cave, was behind bars for a violent attack on his mother. Photo credit: Herald Sun

He admitted one count of unlawful assault and breaching court orders. Other charges, including intentionally causing injury, were dropped.

Jethro also spent time in jail in 2018 for threatening to murder his then-girlfriend.

Had Jethro Cave had siblings?

Jethro was the only child born to his parents – Nick Cave and Beau Lazenby. His parents were never married and had only a short fling.

However, Jethro had three half-siblings from his father’s side. His half-brother, Luke, who was born just 10 days after Jethro’s birth, came from Nick’s marriage to his first wife, Brazilian journalist Viviane Carneiro.

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Jethro Cave had two twin half-siblings – Arthur and Earl – from his father’s second marriage to Susie Bick. Photo credit: BrooklynVegan

Jethro, who didn’t meet his dad Nick until he was seven, also had two younger half-brothers – Arthur and Earl – who were twins. They came from his father’s second marriage to British model Susie Bick.

Unfortunately, Arthur died in 2015, seven years before the death of Jethro.

What happened to Jethro Cave’s half-brother Arthur Cave?

The Red Right Hand singer also lost a child seven years ago in 2015.

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Jethro Cave’s half-brother, Arthur Cave, died in 2015. Photo credit: Instagram / Will Bucknall

Jethro’s half-brother, Arthur Cave, who was born to Nick Cave and his second wife Susie Bick, died after falling from a cliff at Ovingdean, near Brighton, in 2015.

An inquest found that Arthur had taken LSD before the fall and the coroner ruled his death was an accident.


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