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Nick Cave’s Partner Anita Lane’s Cause of Death is Unknown


Australian singer-songwriter and a member of The Bad Seeds with Nick Cave, Anita Lane’s cause of death is still unknown after she passed away on April 28, 2021, at the age of 62.

Anita Lane, one of the creative powerhouses who emerged from the vibrant Melbourne post-punk scene, took her last breath in April 2021.

Her unique spirit and artistic and literal brilliance caused her to become engaged in the explosive brilliance of the early Birthday Party co-writing songs such as A Dead Song, Dead Joe, and Kiss Me Black along with her then-partner Nick Cave and there were more planned collaborations with the Bad Seeds.

Anita Lane's cause of death is still unknown after she passed away at the age of 62
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Her important role in that scene led her to work with several members of the loose collective of Australian mavericks and their new brilliant friends in Berlin and London. Also her own lost gems of solo albums that marked her own shooting star original brilliance.

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What is Anita Lane’s Cause of Death?

Although there is no report about Anita Lane’s cause of death, US day News is working to find more information and provide the latest updates as soon as possible; stay with us.

Anita Louise Lane, born in Melbourne in 1959, kicked of singing and writing songs at the young age of 16.

She was a student at the Prahran College of Advanced Education as a classmate of Rowland S. Howard, undertaking the Tertiary Orientation Programme.

Since 1977, Anita Lane and Nick Cave were in a personal and professional relationship, separating as a couple in 1983, however, they resumed working together professionally into the 1990s.

Lane started a personal relationship with Australian journalist and writer Nicolas Rothwell. As of 2005, Lane lives in Byron Bay, Australia with her children.

Reactions to Anita Lane’s Death News

Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts, however, fans remember memories and their idols are alive in their mind even after death; Soon after the tragic news was released, many of the singer’s friends and fans expressed their sadness on social media by sharing their tributes.

Nick Cave’s wife Susie wrote on Instagram: “Darling Anita, We love you so much,” while Bad Seeds star Warren Ellis continued: “From her to eternity – RIP Anita Lane.”

Andrew Stafford tweeted: “Very saddened to hear of the passing of singer Anita Lane. Here she is with Mick Harvey, opening the throttle on Serge Gainsbourg’s song Harley-Davidson”

A user also wrote: “Anita Lane has left this world. She made some of the sexiest & most melancholy music with Nick Cave & on her solo albums. My favourite work by her was the Gainsbourg albums with Mick Harvey. This remains one of the most beautiful arrangements of any song I’ve ever heard.”

Anita Lane’s Appearance in The Birthday Party

In 1977 Anita Lane and Nick Cave met each other and started an intermittent personal relationship. Cave was a key member of a new wave group, The Boys Next Door, with:

  • Mick Harvey on guitar
  • Phill Calvert on drums
  • Tracy Pew on bass guitar

Anita Lane’s classmate Rowland S. Howard had entered the lineup on lead guitar by December 1978. Two years later, The Boys Next Door was renamed as The Birthday Party, and Lane and Cave, with the group, moved to London.

The couple co-wrote the lyrics for “A Dead Song”, on their first album, Prayers on Fire (April 1981); The album was praised by AllMusic’s Greg Maurer; he remarked on Lane’s songwriting gift. 

George Sarostin of the Only Solitaire believed that on the track, Nick “sounds, with all of his whiny ‘okay okay’, just like one of those poor innocent or half-innocent victims with a bloody nose and a gun at their temple in a gangster movie”.

Lane and Cave co-wrote two tracks, “Dead Joe”, and “Kiss Me Black” for their next album, Junkyard (May 1982). Touring musician, Barry Adamson and Session provided bass guitar on “Kiss Me Black”. The group changed their location to West Berlin in August 1982 before their cessation in June of the next year.

More about Anita Lane’s Solo Career

Anita “Dirty” Lane started her sporadic solo career with the four-track extended play, Dirty Sings, in 1988 on Mute Records.

Besideao-writing “If I Should Die” with Adamson, “I’m a Believer” with Cave, and “Sugar in a Hurricane” with Harvey and Katy Beale, Anita Lane’s third track, “Lost in Music”, is a cover version of Sister Sledge’s 1979 single and has Cave on piano. 

AllMusic’s Dean McFarlane describes Anita Lane’s EP as “arresting” with the “outstanding tracks” being “If I Should Die” and “Sugar in a Hurricane”, where Lane “summons the spirit of Nancy Sinatra, Nico, and Marianne Faithfull. [She] plays the scared chanteuse role beautifully”.

Lane finally released her first solo studio album, Dirty Pearl, which had been recorded within 11 years, including her work with The Birthday Party, Nick Cave, and the Bad Seeds, Einstürzende Neubauten, and Die, Haut, as well as exclusive album tracks.

Anita Lane's cause of death is still unknown after she passed away at the age of 62
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Dirty Pearl was co-produced by:

  • Bargeld
  • Cave
  • Harvey
  • Johannes Beck
  • John Cafferty
  • Die Haut
  • Einstürzende Neubaten
  • Sven Röhrig
  • The Birthday Party

Lane’s next solo studio album was Sex O’Clock, which was published on 23 October 2001. The album was produced by Harvey. AllMusic’s Stewart Mason believed it “mixes sleek, creamy, and often danceable R&B-tinged pop tunes with the kind of lyrical plain-spokenness designated by the title”.

One of the album’s songs was a cover version of Gil Scott-Heron’s song “Home Is Where the Hatred Is”, which Mason considered as one of its “best tracks”.

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