LOS ANGELES (AP) – Melissa Etheridge said Wednesday that her son Beckett Cypher has died.
Etheridge released a statement saying opioid addiction was behind Cypher’s death.
â€œToday I joined the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction,â€ the statement said. â€œMy son Beckett, who was just 21, struggled to overcome his addiction and finally succumbed to it today.â€
Cypher, who died in downtown Denver, was 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.
â€œMy heart is broken,â€ Etheridge’s statement said. â€œWe 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.â€
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.
The Denver coroner’s office said an autopsy has been completed but did not release any other information.