EXCLUSIVE: Girlfriend of Nick Cave’s son Jethro Lazenby breaks her silence on his shock death in a seedy motel room to insist it WASN’T suicide – and reveals the heartbreaking reason she will never ‘find closure’ amid family feud
- Jethro Lazenby’s girlfriend claims she wasn’t ‘given any closure’ after his death
- She alleges his family excluded her from funeral and wake plan despite her pleas
- Jethro was found dead in a dingy motel shortly after being released from jail
- Danica Conwell insists he did not die by suicide and reveals his heroin struggle
Jethro Lazenby’s on-and-off girlfriend claims she ‘wasn’t given closure’ and was excluded from any funeral and wake plans after his tragic death in a seedy motel.
The 30-year-old son of rocker Nick Cave was found dead inside the Coburg Motor Inn in northern Melbourne on Friday, May 6.
Danica Conwell, who shared a close friendship with Lazenby for six years and was in a turbulent relationship with him, has put to bed rumours he may have taken his own life, noting he had made plans to see her that evening and was using heroin.
She’s struggling to cope with his death and hit out at his family for allegedly excluding her from memorial.
‘Unfortunately I wasn’t invited to the funeral… His family won’t allow me closure and I really f**king need it,’ she said.
Ms Conwell said there is no doubt in her mind that he would have wanted her there.
‘I’m not doing well with this at all and that’s what wakes are for to say good bye, help closure on the mourning process… It’s evil to deny someone this.’
Danica Conwell, who shared a close friendship with Lazenby for six years and was in a turbulent relationship with him, has put to bed rumours he may have taken his own life, noting had made plans to see her that evening and was using heroin
Lazenby had a checkered history with law enforcement and had been using drugs for years
Lazenby’s devastated mum Lee-Anne ‘Beau’ Lazenby joined two friends down the road from her Collingwood home, just outside of Melbourne’s CBD, to remember her troubled son over a glass of red. It’s unclear if any formal funeral ceremony took place.
His ex made several admissions during a series of heartbroken social media posts – including details of Lazenby’s history of drug use.
Lazenby had a checkered history with law enforcement and had been using drugs for years.
But Ms Conwell claims heroin ‘was not a big part of his life’ and he ‘did not use every day’.
She recalled three times in the last seven years in which he’d allegedly overdosed and noted her ‘unconditional love’ for him sometimes meant ‘allowing him to crash’.
At the time of his death, Lazenby had resorted to stealing food. He was arrested last year for pinching a packet of chili beef jerky and a bag of Smith’s Crisps, worth a paltry $12.50.
Lee-Anne Lazenby looked every inch the devastated mum after learning of her son Jethro’s death
Lazenby had previously spoken about his tough upbringing on the streets of Collingwood. Pictured above towards the end of his life
Ms Conwell claims heroin ‘was not a big part of his life’ and he ‘did not use every day’
Later that day he was busted stealing food again, this time helping himself to two meat pies and a Smoothie, worth $11.
On May 6, he was found inside the dingy Coburg Motor Inn three-star motel, with pictures of the accommodation showing a seedy pool, graffiti on walls and filthy appliances.
He’d recently been released from prison amid allegations he bashed his Melbourne-based former model mother after she refused to buy him a pack of smokes.
Ms Conwell claims the pair had made plans to meet up for dinner on the Friday of his death, but cancelled earlier in the day.
‘Had things have been different we would have come together again, drank bubble tea… Why didn’t we just have dinner Friday night?’
Ms Conwell categorically ruled out suicide as a cause of death, adding that he ‘loved life’.
Nick Cave did not meet Lazenby until he was aged 7 – something which Jethro struggled with prior to his death on May 6
The Coburg Motor Inn where Jethro Lazenby was found dead on Friday May 6 – a $100-per-night three-star accommodation in Melbourne’s north
‘Jethro was vibrant, passionate. He played piano amazingly and wrote great gothic poetry,’ Ms Conwell said.
‘He lived a fantastic life and I loved him… He had a lot to live for.’
But she’s struggling with the fact that she never got to say goodbye, and has vowed to ‘mourn Jethro alone… the way he would have wanted’.
‘He was definitely more than he showed most people. He was hard to get close to… A higher being in so many ways. But his shadow plagued him.’
Lazenby had the world at his feet in the early 2000s when he managed to score some top modelling jobs on the back of his famous father’s name.
One guest posted a picture of the hotel’s pool which appeared uncleaned and even had graffiti
He opened the Mercedes Australian Fashion Week in Sydney in April 2006 when he was just 15-years of age.
A year earlier, he made his runway debut in his hometown at Melbourne Fashion Week.
By 2009 the teen sensation had made waves across the ocean in Paris and Milan and appeared destined for greatness.
He was later dumped from a Myer fashion show and fell off the radar amid claims of erratic behaviour behind the scenes.
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Jethro Lazenby had once graced the catwalks across the globe as an up-and-coming model
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