Losing a loved one is never easy, but no parent should have to experience the tragedy of having to bury their child.

That's one heartbreaking situation famous singer-songwriter, Melissa Etheridge has had to deal with, and only now is she opening up about how her son died.

Keep scrolling for the full details...

Melissa Etheridge is well known for her raspy, smoky vocals...

Her debut album Melissa Etheridge was released in 1988 and became the starting point of her success.

The album peaked at number twenty-two on the Billboard 200!

Its lead single, "Bring Me Some Water", garnered Etheridge her first Grammy Award nomination for the female category of Best Rock Vocal Performance. Which is no mean feat.

Etheridge didn't stop there...

In 1993, she won her first Grammy award for the single "Ain't It Heavy" from her third album, Never Enough.

Which people think prompted her coming out in January of the same year. She has been a gay and lesbian activist ever since.

Before Etheridge came out, there were rumors circulating around her sexuality but after releasing Never Enough, which was considered a more personal and mature album from Etheridge at that time it seemed to inadvertently address these rumors.

Later that same year she released her breakthrough album Yes I Am.

Its tracks I'm the Only One and Come to My Window both reached the top 30 in the United States, and the latter earned Etheridge her second Grammy award.

But it hasn't always been plain sailing for the star...

In October 2004, Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery and chemotherapy.

Which forced her to make a brave decision...

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At the 2005 Grammy Awards, she returned to the stage and, while bald from chemotherapy, performed a tribute to Janis Joplin with the song "Piece of My Heart".

She has received fifteen Grammy Award nominations throughout her career, winning two, in 1993 and 1995.

In 2007, she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for I Need to Wake Up from the film An Inconvenient Truth.

And just 4 years on...

In September 2011, Etheridge received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

But where did it all start?

Etheridge was discovered in a bar called Vermie's in Pasadena, California. She had made some friends on a women's soccer team, and those new friends came to see her play.

One of the women was Karla Leopold, whose husband, Bill Leopold, was a manager in the music business.

Karla convinced Bill to see Etheridge perform live. He was impressed and became a pivotal part of Etheridge's career.

Etheridge met her future wife, Julie Cypher in 1988 during a video shoot, and later had two children — their daughter Bailey and son Beckett.

This caused some speculation over who was the sperm donor for their children. In 2000, the couple revealed it was fellow musician David Crosby.

The pair had previously discussed their arrangement during a TV interview in 2000.

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"I do not believe that my children will be wanting in any way because they didn’t have a father in the home every single day," Etheridge said. "What they have in the home is two loving parents. I think that puts them ahead of the game."

While the then-couple was vacationing in Hawaii, they met up with Crosby and his wife Jan.

And began discussing their want to have children, but they had a dilemma as to whom to have as a sperm donor. “And Jan said, ‘What about David?’" Which sparked the whole idea.

Crosby told Rolling Stone he didn’t hesitate at his wife’s proposition that he be the donor.

“Melissa and Julie are good people," he said. “Nice set of values, they’re funnier than shit, and they’ve got courage. All rare stuff. You could see that they were in love with each other."

Etheridge and Cypher split up later in 2000, but they continued to co-parent.

Etheridge's son Beckett had been suffering for a long time, and sadly passed away on Wednesday...

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter released a statement overnight on the tragic loss.

The star said her son had struggled with opioid abuse and said Beckett "succumbed" to his addiction this week.

Everyone was shocked by the announcement...

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Etheridge broke her silence on Wednesday night after announcing his death on Twitter.

The fifty-eight-year-old took to Instagram to post what had happened...

"Today I joined the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction. 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."

Crosby also retweeted a tribute to Beckett.

Etheridge added: "My heart is broken. 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." R.I.P. Beckett.