Beckett Cypher, 21-year-old son of Melissa Etheridge, dies

Etheridge’s Twitter account announced the death of Beckett, one of two children the singer had with former partner Julie Cypher, conceived with sperm from Rock & Roll Hall of Famer David Crosby.

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Singer Melissa Etheridge poses with her son Beckett during her Walk of Fame ceremony held at the Hard Rock cafe in Hollywood in 2011.

Singer Melissa Etheridge poses with her son Beckett during her Walk of Fame ceremony held at the Hard Rock cafe in Hollywood in 2011.

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LOS ANGELES — Melissa Etheridge said Wednesday that her son Beckett Cypher has died.

Etheridge released a statement saying opioid addiction was behind Cypher’s death.

“Today I joined the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction,” the statement said. “My son Beckett, who was just 21, struggled to overcome his addiction and finally succumbed to it today.”

No further details on the death were revealed.

Hours earlier, Etheridge’s Twitter account had announced the death of Cypher, one of two children the 58-year-old singer had with former partner Julie Cypher, conceived with sperm from Rock & Roll Hall of Famer David Crosby.

The daily Facebook Live concert Etheridge has been giving during the coronavirus outbreak was canceled.

“My heart is broken,” Etheridge’s statement said. “We struggle with what else we could have done to save him, and in the end we know he is out of the pain now. I will sing again, soon. It has always healed me.”

Etheridge and Julie Cypher had a daughter, Bailey Jean Cypher, in 1997. Beckett Cypher was born the following year. The couple split in 2000.

Etheridge, a 58-year-old Grammy winner, singer-songwriter and activist, also has 13-year-old twins.

Crosby retweeted a news story announcing the death, but he has not commented.

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