How did Elon Musk's son Nevada Alexander Musk die? Tesla chief called wife's grieving 'emotionally manipulative'
'Elon made it clear that he did not want to talk about Nevada's death,' Justine Wilson had written. 'I didn't understand this, just as he didn't understand why I grieved openly'
Tesla head and Space X chief engineer Elon Musk is all set to make his debut as a host on 'Saturday Night Live' on May 8, 2021. Everything might be sorted except the jokes part but rest assured, the billionaire is just about ready to host the evening — he reached out to his Twitter followers asking for skit suggestions.
Musk is slated to host the show with Miley Cyrus and while many are looking forward to watching him host the show, there are many others mocking him as well. But among it all, many are discussing Musk's children.
Just a year ago on May 5, 2020, Musk and his girlfriend Grimes welcomed their first son. The child was reportedly named X AE A-XII — "X" as a first name and "AE A-XII" as a middle name. All in all, Musk has 7 kids. With his first wife, Canadian author Justine Wilson, Musk shares the custody of five sons. They got married in 2000 and separated in 2008. Their first son, Nevada Alexander Musk, was born in 2002. Unfortunately, he would tragically die at the age of 10 weeks.
How did Nevada Alexander Musk die?
At the delicate age of just 10 weeks old, Nevada died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
According to Elon's biography written by Ashlee Vance, his parents put Nevada to sleep, and when they returned, he was no longer breathing. When the paramedics arrived at the scene, they managed to resuscitate him, but the child had gone without oxygen for so long that his brain was no longer functioning properly. After spending three days on life support, Nevada's parents had to switch off life support.
Effect of first child's death
Today, not many might know that Nevada had died just as the eBay deal was announced. Undoubtedly, the loss of the child took a toll on the Musks.
"Elon made it clear that he did not want to talk about Nevada's death," Justine Wilson had written in an article for Marie Claire. "I didn't understand this, just as he didn't understand why I grieved openly, which he regarded as 'emotionally manipulative'. I buried my feelings instead, coping with Nevada's death by making my first visit to an IVF clinic less than 2 months later. Elon and I planned to get pregnant again as swiftly as possible."
And within the next five years, Justine gave birth to twins and then triplets.
It was noted by Musk's then-wife that his reaction at the time of his first son's death was a defense mechanism that he had learned as a child. "He doesn't do well in dark places," she had told Esquire magazine. "He's forward-moving, and I think it's a survival thing with him".
He also didn't understand why grieving publicly was necessary. "It made me extremely sad to talk about it," he reportedly said. "I'm not sure why I'd want to talk about extremely sad events. It does no good for the future. If you've got other kids and obligations, then wallowing in sadness does no good for anyone around you."
"I'm not sure what should be done in such situations."