Melissa Etheridge's son Beckett Cypher dies of opioid addiction at 21: 'He is out of pain now'
In a statement, the singer said her son was struggling to overcome his addiction and finally succumbed to it
Melissa Etheridge lost her 21-year-old son, Beckett, and the news broke on her official Twitter account. "We’re sad to inform you that Melissa’s son Beckett passed away and there will not be a Concerts From Home show today," the tweet read.
She later released a heart-touching statement saying, "Today I joined the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction. My son Beckett, who was just 21, struggled to overcome his addiction and finally succumbed to it today. He will be missed by those who loved him, his family and friends."
"My heart is broken. I am grateful for those who have reached out with condolences and I feel their love and sincere grief. We struggle with what else we could have done to save him, and in the end, we know he is out of pain now. I will sing again soon, it has always healed me."
Known for her mixture of "confessional lyrics, pop-based folk-rock, and raspy, smoky vocals", Etheridge has been a gay and lesbian activist after she publically came out in January 1993. She also shares a 23-year-old daughter, Bailey, with her ex-partner, Julie Cypher. Their children were conceived via sperm donation from friend and fellow musician, David Crosby.
Fans started pouring their messages to the singer-songwriter, who gained popularity in 1988 after her self-titled album was released.
"Oh man. Through my job I’ve known a lot parents and loved ones who have lost a child. It is quite possibly the worst thing that could happen to a human being. My thoughts and prayers are with Melissa and family at this time #melissaetheridge #RestInPeaceBeckett," one fan said. Another posted, "Oh, I am so, so terribly sorry, Melissa. Holding you and yours in the light & praying that his memory may be a blessing to all who knew him."
One posted, "My heart is heavy for Melissa Etheridge, whose son Beckett Cypher has died at the young age of 21. Nothing is harder than a parent losing their child. We are with you, Melissa." Another wrote, "So sorry that Beckett had to go through that. I know you did all you could to help him. Rest In Peace. Sending love and prayers to your family."
"Wow my heart bleeds for u all a very sad time for you all and all I am able to say is love to u all and massive hugs and to say thank you for all you and family have done for us out in the amazing planet," one fan wrote. Another said, "We are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you and your family. Music IS the best therapy. Your music especially has helped me heal many times! Thank you! Stay strong."
After the pair's split in 2000, Etheridge also became mother to 13-year-old twins, Johnnie Rose and Miller Steven, with ex Tammy Lynn Michaels.