Published On: Wed, Apr 28th, 2021

Anita Lane, known for her collaborations with Nick Cave, dies in her early sixties

Australian singer-songwriter Anita Lane, known for her collaborations with Nick Cave in the Bad Seeds and The Birthday Party, dies in her early sixties

Australian musician Anita Lane, best known for her collaborations with Nick Cave, has died. 

The iconic singer-songwriter collaborated with Nick with his bands The Bad Seeds and The Birthday Party, before releasing her solo albums Dirty Pearl (1993) and Sex O’Clock (2001).

A representative confirmed the news on Wednesday, yet no cause of death has been revealed. It was believed she was in her early sixties.

Passing: Australian musician Anita Lane, best known for her collaborations with Nick Cave, has died 

Following the devastating news, Nick Cave’s wife Susie paid tribute on Instagram writing: ‘Darling Anita, We love you so much,’ before sharing the lyrics to her husband’s 1986 track ‘Sad Waters’.

Meanwhile, Bad Seeds’ Warren Ellis touchingly added: ‘From her to eternity – RIP Anita Lane.’ 

Anita was born in Melbourne in 1959, and began writing songs at the age of 16. 

Tribute: Following the devastating news, Nick Cave's wife Susie paid tribute on Instagram writing: 'Darling Anita, We love you so much,' before sharing the lyrics to her husband’s 1986 track ‘Sad Waters’

Tribute: Following the devastating news, Nick Cave’s wife Susie paid tribute on Instagram writing: ‘Darling Anita, We love you so much,’ before sharing the lyrics to her husband’s 1986 track ‘Sad Waters’

Anita began working with Nick in 1977, and had both a personal and professional relationship with him. 

The pair later moved to Europe together, and she began co-writing for his first post-punk band, The Birthday Party.

The duo later worked together on his next group, The Bad Seeds, before their romantic relationship ended in the mid-80s.

Icon: Anita began working with Nick Cave (pictured) in 1977, and had both a personal and professional relationship with him. The pair later moved to Europe together, and she began co-writing for his first post-punk band, The Birthday Party

Icon: Anita began working with Nick Cave (pictured) in 1977, and had both a personal and professional relationship with him. The pair later moved to Europe together, and she began co-writing for his first post-punk band, The Birthday Party

Some of the singles Anita co-wrote included ‘From Her To Eternity’ and ‘Stranger Than Kindness’. 

While their relationship was over, Anita still worked with Nick professionally – and even duetted with Nick on Death Is Not the End in the nineties. 

Prior to her passing, it is believed Anita lived in Byron Bay with her family.

Fans took to Twitter to share their condolences for Anita, with one writing: ‘She only released two solo albums, but they are better than complete discographies of many other artists. Two perfect albums. I was wishing she recorded a third one.’

‘I don’t mourn the death of anyone on social media, unless it’s someone who really means something to me, no matter how famous they are. But today I am really, really sad to know that the unique and wonderful Anita Lane has died,’ another added.

Legendary: Despite no longer being in a relationship with Nick Cave, Anita still worked with him professionally. Pictured alongside The Bad Seeds' Blixa Bargeld in 1993

Legendary: Despite no longer being in a relationship with Nick Cave, Anita still worked with him professionally. Pictured alongside The Bad Seeds’ Blixa Bargeld in 1993

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