Lazlow Jones has been a part of the GTA franchise for over twenty years. Now he’s reached the end of his journey with Rockstar Games and is moving on to pursue other endeavours.
Lazlow Jones is best known for his role as iconic radio show host DJ Lazlow in the GTA Universe. He has been in GTA 3, GTA: Vice City, and GTA: San Andreas, as well as GTA IV and GTA V.
However, most people don’t realise he’s a real person, and he has done much more for Rockstar Games than perform his character. Jones has worked as a writer and producer for Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, and even Max Payne 3.
Jones hasn’t been active on social media in two years, but that changed on 12th August when he opened up about his life and more or less explained why he decided to leave the company.
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Getting off a plane from New Zealand in 2018, I received a phone call that changed the direction of my life. It was my sister informing me she has accelerated cancer. Shortly thereafter my father had a diagnosis as well. And then my mother had heart surgery. I became the primary caregiver for my sister and spent hours each week in chemo wards, navigating health care insurance drama, insane expenses, late night emergency room trips, cooking, cleaning, cursing, nursing and attempting to help a person to keep trying even as they know they are dying. It is beyond stressful. During the journey, I transferred her to Memorial Sloan Kettering, which is rated as one of the top two cancer hospitals in the country. The staff, care and technology at MSK is incredible. Last year during intense chemo, she said she wanted to go to Norway before she died. So I booked plane tickets and took a very sick girl on the trip of her dreams. When the pandemic hit it made the situation radically difficult and even more onerous in caring for someone with cancer. But it exposed and strengthened a lot of solidarity among friends, family and neighbors you used to barely speak to as people rallied to fight an unseen enemy, look after each other, and unite to get through an insanely stressful and challenging time. Journeys begin and end, and this one is nearing the end. Fortunately, I’ve had a lot of love and support from friends through this. Hopefully you can reach out and be kind to a friend or stranger, as it makes all the difference in the world, as we don’t know how long we’ll be in it.
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It’s tough to summarise his poignant and eloquently written post. But in a nutshell, he said that his sister and father were both diagnosed with accelerated cancer back in 2018. To make matters worse, his mother had to have heart surgery.
Jones decided to dedicate his time caring for his sister, and they have endured all the trials and tribulations together ever since. Unfortunately, when the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world, it made things even more difficult for him and his sister. But it helped put things into perspective.
Jones then went on to confirm the departure on his official website. He said, “I’m providing writing, producing and directing services for clients and working on a reboot of The Lazlow Show.”
Jones is also writing a book set in Costa Rica. He believes “heatstroke, alcohol poisoning and venomous insects and reptiles is a perfect analogy for our modern age,” which seems to be the theme.
It’s a bittersweet moment for GTA fans and players. On the one hand, it’s sad to see an icon of the game hang up his boots and move on. But on the other, it’s great to see him pursue something that makes him happy after all the difficulties he and his family have experienced.
Alex is a freelance writer based in Adelaide, Australia. He finished a law degree but realised it wasn't the career for him and decided to follow his dream of becoming a writer. Since then, he has finished two postgraduate writing degrees at Swinburne University of Technology. Now he writes about his other passion; esports and gaming.