Melissa Etheridge’s son Beckett Cypher dies at 21


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Melissa Etheridge said Wednesday that her son Beckett Cypher has died.

Etheridge issued a statement saying that opioid dependence was behind Cypher’s death.

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

No further details on the death have been released.

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

The daily Facebook concert Live Etheridge gave during the coronavirus outbreak was canceled.

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

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

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

Crosby retweeted news of the death, and responded to a handful of tweets about Beckett’s death.


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