Today, the news broke that Beckett Cypher, the twenty-one-year-old son of musician, Melissa Etheridge, has sadly passed away.
Tributes have been flooding in and, now, Melissa has confirmed her son's shocking cause of death.
Melissa Etheridge is well known for her raspy, smoky vocals...
The album peaked at number twenty-two on the Billboard 200!
Etheridge didn't stop there...
Which people think prompted her coming out in January of the same year. She has been a gay and lesbian activist ever since.
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...
via: InstaAt 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.
But where did it all start?
One of the women was Karla Leopold, whose husband, Bill Leopold, was a manager in the music business.
Etheridge met her future wife, Julie Cypher in 1988 during a video shoot, and later had two children — their daughter Bailey and son Beckett.
The pair had previously discussed their arrangement during a TV interview in 2000.
via: Twitter"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.
Etheridge and Cypher split up later in 2000, but they continued to co-parent.But, in recent years, their son, Beckett, had been struggling with addiction.
For years, Beckett had been battling with opioid abuse.
via: TwitterAn opioid is a drug that acts on parts of the brain and body, called opioid receptors which help to moderate sensations such as pain, mood, appetite, and various bodily functions.
A multitude of drugs fall under the opioid bracket.
via: GettyHere in America, we are currently experiencing an opioid crisis, with over 400,000 deaths being linked to the drugs over the past 2 decades.
But now, his battle is over.
My heart is heavy for Melissa Etheridge, whose son Beckett Cypher has died at the young age of 21. Nothing is harde… https://t.co/GU2Z1AACpH— George Takei (@George Takei)1589412024.0
His heartbroken mom released a statement overnight on her tragic loss.
@andylassner @metheridge Can’t even imagine that pain. Nothing but love.— Christian Raymer (@Christian Raymer)1589410526.0
Everyone was shocked by the announcement...
via: InstagramEtheridge broke her silence on Wednesday night after announcing the shocking cause of his death on Twitter.
The fifty-eight-year-old confirmed that her son had died as a result of his addiction.
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— Melissa Etheridge (@Melissa Etheridge)1589403784.0
Crosby also retweeted a tribute to Beckett.
The tributes have been flooding in...
So very sad. Opioid addiction is no joke. As a former addict who was lucky enough to have the support from my famil… https://t.co/v1Las678Pk— Rob 🇨🇦 Up Next: KC #BillsMafia 15-3 (@Rob 🇨🇦 Up Next: KC #BillsMafia 15-3)1589439086.0
Rest in peace, Beckett.
@thedavidcrosby Jesus David, I am so sorry to hear that Melissa, Julie’s son, thanks to you, son has died at such a… https://t.co/Ysl8YuJ2fc— Robyn Burke (@Robyn Burke)1589413057.0