Melissa Etheridge's son, Beckett Cypher, dies at age 21

By Zach Harper

Singer Melissa Etheridge's son, Beckett Cypher, has tragically passed away at age 21.

Heartbreakingly, the star also revealed her son, who she shared with ex-partner Julie Cypher, died of an opioid overdose.

"He will be missed by those who loved him, his family and friends," Melissa said in a statement.

"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 the pain now. I will sing again, soon. It has always healed me."

Melissa has been performing daily from home during the coronavirus pandemic as a way to give her fans something to look forward to and t keep herself active. She's done 57 shows since COVID-19 started spreading worldwide earlier this year, all on Facebook Live. It's not known when she'll next perform.

Beckett and Melissa and Julie's daughter 23-year-old daughter Bailey were conceived through the help of musician David Crosby, who acted as their sperm donor. Melissa also has two twins, Johnnie Rose and Miller Steven, both 13 years old, from her domestic partnership with Tammy Lynn Michaels.

"There's nothing like taking the responsibility or creating the responsibility of bringing a human being into this world and helping it in its first years," Melissa told Parents magazine when Beckett was born. "It doesn't matter the equation that goes you there or what you are to that person. It doesn't matter at all. It is the bond between you and the child."

It is currently estimated that 130 people die each day in the United States from opioid overdoses.

Our thoughts are with Melissa, Julie, Bailey and their families during this time.

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