Singer Melissa Etheridge is in mourning today after her son tragically passed away on Wednesday at the age of 21.
Fox News reported that Etheridge confirmed her son Beckett’s death in an Instagram post in which she let her fans know that her “heart is broken.”
“Today I joined the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction,” the 58-year-old singer wrote. “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. My heart is broken.”
Etheridge went on to thank her family and friends for sending their condolences. “We struggle with what else we could have done to save him, and in the end we know he is out of pain now,” she said. “I will sing again, soon. It has always healed me.”
Beckett was one of two children that Etheridge had with her former partner Julie Cypher. They had previously been open about the fact that Beckett and his 23-year-old sister Bailey were conceived via a sperm donation from Etheridge’s close friend and fellow singer David Crosby.
Etheridge had previously publicized how much she loved being a mom. “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 said in 1998, according to People Magazine. “It doesn’t matter the equation that gets you there or what you are to that person. It doesn’t matter at all. It is the bond between you and the child.”
Beckett’s sister Bailey also paid tribute to her brother on Instagram. “I don’t know what to say. Today we lost my brother,” Bailey wrote. “Too heartbroken and overwhelmed to be eloquent but appreciate all those who have reached out.”
“I love you Beckett. Fly high and watch over us,” she added.
Etheridge is also mother to her 13-year-old twins Johnnie Rose and Miller Steven with her ex Tammy Lynn Michaels. Our thoughts and prayers are with Etheridge and her family during this difficult time.
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