Melissa Etheridge announced the death of her son Beckett Cypher who died at age 21. Etheridge explained in a tweet on May 13 that his death was due to an opioid addiction. 

Etheridge posted some thoughts on her son’s death on Twitter. “Today I joined hundreds of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction,” she said. “My son Beckett, who was 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. I am grateful for those who have reached out with condolences and I feel their love and sincere grief.”

Earlier in the day, Etheridge’s Twitter read, “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.”

Etheridge’s Concerts from Home series was started as a way to share her music to fans during the coronavirus pandemic. Etheridge has given a daily installment and has 57 days worth of concerts on her website since the stay at home order was put in place in March. The videos have been streamed on Facebook Live each night. At the end of her most recent tweet, Etheridge gave hope that she will continue her concerts by saying, “I will sing again, soon. It has always healed me.” 

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Etheridge ended her tweet and said, “we struggle with what else we could have done to save him, and in the end we know he is out of pain now.”

Cypher was the son of Etheridge and her former partner Julie Cypher. They have been separated for many years, but they also share another daughter, Bailey. Both of these children were conceived using artificial insemination and a sperm donation from the musician David Cosby

Etheridge is currently married to television executive Linda Wallem. She has twins, who were born in 2006, with ex-partner Tammy Lynn Michaels.