Award winning entertainer Melissa Etheridge has announced that her son Beckett Cypher – the second of two children with former wife Julie Cypher – died May 13 in Denver, Colorado as a result of an opioid addiction at the age of 21.

Etheridge revealed that the sperm donor for her son and daughter Bailey was Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist David Crosby.

Speaking on her son’s death; Etheridge said, “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.  My heart is broken. 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.”

Beckett is survived by his sister Bailey, and mothers Melissa Etheridge and Julie Cypher.



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