Grammy award winning musician Melissa Etheridge and her ex-partner, Julie Cypher, are mourning the loss of their son, Beckett Cypher. He passed away at the age of 21, but no other details have been revealed.
The news was announced on Etheridge’s Twitter page on Wednesday. Since the COVID-19 lockdown began in mid-March, Etheridge has been hosting singalongs on Facebook Live. However, she had to cancel due to her family tragedy.
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 (@metheridge) May 13, 2020
“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 the post.
Etheridge’s reps told The New York Post that they could unfortunately confirm that the news of Beckett’s passing was true. However, they didn’t “have an additional statement at this time.”
As soon as Etheridge’s team shared the news on Twitter, the condolences came quickly. Rosanna Arquette wrote: “Oh my God oh my God no. Prayers and love to Melissa Rest In Peace dear Beckett.”
Liz Phair also offered Etheridge her “deepest sympathy,” and Andy Lassner said that the news was “unfathomably heartbreaking.” Joely Fisher added that Beckett’s death was an “unfathomable loss,” and the GLAAD account wrote that the news was “devastating.”
Etheridge and Cypher met in 1986 on the set of her music video for Bring Me Some Water. However, Cypher was married to Lou Diamond Phillips at the time. After Cypher and Phillips split in 1990, she started a relationship with the Come To My Window singer and they had two children together: Bailey, 23, and Beckett.
In 2000, Etheridge revealed in a 60 Minutes interview that she and Cypher’s sperm donor was David Crosby. Responding to the critics of gay marriage and gay parents, Etheridge said that her children would never be wanting in any way because they didn’t have a father in the home every single day.
“What they have in the home is two loving parents. I think that puts them ahead of the game,” said Etheridge.
Melissa Etheridge and Julie Cypher split in late 2000, and she started dating actress Tammy Lynn Michaels. In 2006, Etheridge and Michaels used an anonymous sperm donor to welcome twins Johnnie Rose and Steven Miller. After they split in 2010, Melissa Etheridge met and married Nurse Jackie co-creator Linda Wallem.