Melissa Etheridge is mourning the death of her beloved son, Beckett Cypher. The “I’m the Only One” songstress said her “heart is broken” after her 21-year-old died from a drug overdose.
“Today, I joined the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction,” Melissa, 58, penned in an emotional statement on Wednesday, May 13. “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.”
— Melissa Etheridge (@metheridge) May 14, 2020
The iconic singer-songwriter, who shared Beckett with ex Julie Cypher, expressed her heartbreak as she got candid about her late son’s drug addiction. “We struggle with what else we could have done to save him,” Melissa continued, “and in the end, we know he is out of the pain now.”
However, the doting mom said she feels “grateful” for fans, friends and family who “reached out with condolences” following her son’s passing. “I feel their love and sincere grief,” Melissa gushed.
“I will sing again, soon,” the Grammy winner concluded her post. “It has always healed me.”
Melissa’s gut-wrenching statement came hours after news of Beckett’s death was first announced via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. Her team revealed the “Come to My Window” singer would be taking a night off from her quarantine concert series.
“We’re sad to inform you that Melissa’s son Beckett passed away and there will not be a Concerts From Home show today. – #TeamME,” the statement read.
As fans know, the professional guitarist also shares her eldest daughter Bailey Jean, 23, with Julie. The former couple — who split in 2000 after 10 years together — welcomed their two kids thanks to the help of a sperm donation from friend and musician David Crosby. Melissa is also the proud mom of 13-year-old twins Johnnie and Miller with ex-wife Tammy Lynn Michaels.
While chatting with Parents in March 2018, Melissa explained why it “doesn’t matter at all” that she and Julie, 55, used artificial insemination to conceive their brood.
“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,” she shared at the time. “It doesn’t matter the equation that gets you there or what you are to that person. It is the bond between you and the child.”
We’re praying for Melissa and her family during this inconsolable time.