Melissa Etheridge's Son Dead at 21

Beckett Cypher lost to opioid addiction, singer announces
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2020 12:06 AM CDT
Updated May 14, 2020 5:00 AM CDT
Melissa Etheridge's Son Dead at 21
File - In this Aug. 16, 2000 file photo, Melissa Etheridge, left, and Julie Cypher arrive at a fundraiser for the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

Tragedy struck Melissa Etheridge's family Wednesday: The singer lost her son. "Today I joined the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction," she tweeted. "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. ... We struggle with what else we could have done to save him, and in the end we know he is out of pain now." Beckett Cypher was one of two children Etheridge had with ex Julie Cypher, NBC News reports. His biological father was David Crosby. Etheridge also has 13-year-old twins with ex Tammy Lynn Michaels. (More Melissa Etheridge stories.)

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