Melissa Etheridge spoke out yesterday about the tragic death of her son Beckett Cypher.
Etheridge and her then partner Julie Cypher gave birth to two children via artificial insemination: a daughter, Bailey Jean and a son, Beckett, born November 1998.
Beckett was the subject of much speculation. Initially the couple were reluctant but eventually it was revealed that the father of their children was Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young rocker David Crosby.
When speaking at Hudson Union Society , Crosby discussed his role. As friends of Etheridge and Cypher the oportunity presented itself when couple looked at his son Django and asked 'How do you get one of those?' I resisted the obvious answer," Crosby said. The conversation continued with the lesbian couple discussing the difficulties in adopting a child. Jan Dance, Crosby's wife of 28 years pointed at her husband. "I thought to myself, turkey baster," Crosby said.
Sadly, the news of Beckett's death broke yesterday. Though initially the cause of death was unknown, Etheridge was later candid and revealed that his death was due to an opioid overdose.
"Today I joined hundreds of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction," she 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. 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," she added. "It has always healed me."
Though initially silent, Crosby has since been active, though maybe a little cryptic on Twitter.
He first replied to tweet, that has since been deleted, which claimed that Crosby had no part in Beckett's life.
"Not true", he writes simply.
He later replied to another tweet that said "while I know that you were a surrogate, I also know that you just lost a son. I’m sorry, I know you’ve had a rough year".
He writes: "Maybe it's a test"
A third reply was in regards to his former bandmates perhaps reaching out to him.
Bailey Cypheridge, Beckett's sister made a touching post on Instagram.
"I don’t know what to say. Today we lost my brother. 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."
In 2018, 67,367 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States.Nearly 70% of the 67,367 deaths in 2018 involved an opioid.
Rest in peace Beckett.