Beckett Cypher, Melissa Etheridge’s son, dead at 21
Melissa Etheridge’s son Beckett with ex-partner Julie Cypher has died. He was 21.
“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,” the musician’s Twitter account posted on Wednesday.
No cause of death was disclosed. Etheridge has been hosting Facebook Live singalongs since mid-March.
“We can, unfortunately, confirm the news is true,” Etheridge’s reps said in an email to The Post, adding that they “don’t have an additional statement at this time.”
Condolences immediately began pouring in from celebrities learning of the 21-year-old’s death.
“Oh my God oh my God no. Prayers and love to Melissa Rest In Peace dear Beckett,” said Rosanne Arquette.
“Oh no! Please give her my deepest sympathy,” wrote Liz Phair.
“My god. This is unfathomably heartbreaking,” said Andy Lassner.
The “Come to My Window” singer met Cypher in 1986 on the set of the video for her single, “Bring Me Some Water.” At the time, Cypher was married to actor Lou Diamond Phillips, but they split in 1990, and she went on to have daughter Bailey, 23, and Beckett with the Grammy winner. They revealed that their sperm donor was musician David Crosby.
“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 in an interview on “60 Minutes” in 2000. “What they have in the home is two loving parents. I think that puts them ahead of the game.”
Later that year, the pair split, and Etheridge started dating actress Tammy Lynn Michaels. In 2006, Michaels gave birth to twins Johnnie Rose and Steven Miller via an anonymous sperm donor.
The couple separated in 2010, and Etheridge wed “Nurse Jackie” co-creator Linda Wallem in 2014.
Before welcoming Bailey and Beckett, Etheridge spoke to The Advocate in 1999 about wanting children.
“I think that the more gay parents raise good, strong, compassionate people, the better the world will be,” she said.
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