Leavenworth native Melissa Etheridge says her 21-year-old son died of an opioid addiction


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 21: Melissa Etheridge performs onstage at Los Angeles LGBT Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary With “Hearts Of Gold” Concert & Multimedia Extravaganza at The Greek Theatre on September 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images for the Los Angeles LGBT Center)

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UPDATE: Melissa Etheridge says her son, Beckett, died of an opioid addiction.

The singer tweeted Wednesday night that the 21-year-old succumbed to his addiction.

“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.”

Etheridge goes on to say that Beckett will be missed by his family and friends and that she will continue performing when the time is right.

“We struggle with what else we could have done to save him, and in the end we know he is out of pain now. I will sing again, soon. It has always healed me.”

Singer Melissa Etheridge shared news of her son’s death on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

Etheridge, a Leavenworth native, confirmed that her son Beckett Cypher passed away. No other details were given.

“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,” read a tweet from her official Twitter account.

Beckett was 21.

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