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Shane MacGowan pays touching tribute to fellow singer Nick Cave on the tragic death of second son

Jethro Lazenby (30) was found dead in a Melbourne hostel seven years after Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur fell to his death from a cliff in the United Kingdom

Jethro Lazenby. Photo: Getty

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Shane Macgowan has paid a touching tribute to fellow singer Nick Cave and Lee-Anne 'Beau' Lazenby on the death of their son Jethro.

Jethro Lazenby (30) was found dead in a Melbourne hostel seven years after Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur fell to his death from a cliff in the United Kingdom.

Taking to Instagram, Pogues legend Shane wrote: “Love and blessings and prayers for Nick and Beau on losing Jethro.

“I have nothing to say that could make you feel better, but I pray that he is gone to be in a better place with no pain or suffering and that you can find the peace and comfort that you need, love Shane.”

Jethro was born in Melbourne in 1991 and only learnt that Cave was his father when he was aged eight.

He worked as a model and also appeared in movies such as 2007’s Corroboree and 2011’s My Little Princess. Recently, he had been working as a photographer.

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Jethro was jailed following an assault on his mother, Beau Lazenby, in Melbourne in April.

His legal representatives argued that he had recently been diagnosed with schizophrenia and that his judgement had been affected.

Jethro was released on bail from Melbourne Remand Centre last Thursday after a magistrate instructed that he must undergo substance abuse treatment and avoid contact with his mother for the next two years.

In 2018 he had committed a series of assaults on his girlfriend which saw him spend time in jail.

As a teenager in the early 2000s, he managed to score some top modelling jobs on the back of his famous father's name.

He opened the Mercedes Australian Fashion Week in Sydney in April 2006 when he was just 15-years of age.

By 2009 Lazenby had made waves across the ocean in Paris and Milan and appeared destined for greatness.

But in 2012, Lazenby, then aged 19, spoke of his rough life growing up without a father.

"I haven't had the easiest life," he told the Evening Standard then. "It didn't start off that great, having all this shit with my dad and being in his shadow."

It was the same year Myer dumped him from its fashion show due to his "erratic behaviour" at a rehearsal.

In the years that followed, Lazenby dropped off the fashion world's radar as he sank into the grime of Melbourne's drug culture.

Lazenby is expected to be farewelled in a private ceremony over the coming weeks.

Nick Cave appealed for privacy following the death of his son, saying: "With much sadness, I can confirm that my son, Jethro, has passed away. We would be grateful for family privacy at this time." the singer said in a statement to NME.

Cave lost another son, 15-year-old Arthur, in 2015 when he fell to his death from a cliff in Cave's adopted hometown of Brighton in the UK.

Nick Cave previously opened up about how he dealt with his loss and grief following Arthur's death, his son with wife Susie.

Writing in 2020, he said, "Susie and I have learned much about the nature of grief over recent years. We have come to see that grief is not something you pass through, as there is no other side.

"For us, grief became a way of life, an approach to living, where we learned to yield to the uncertainty of the world, whilst maintaining a stance of defiance to its indifference. We surrendered to something over which we had no control, but which we refused to take lying down."

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