Melissa Etheridge says son died of opioid addiction and she 'struggles' with 'what they could've done to save him'
MELISSA Etheridge revealed that her son died of an opioid addiction. He was 21.
The star announced the tragic news on Twitter on Tuesday.
"Today we joined the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction," she wrote.
The singer continued, "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."
She announced earlier on Tuesday that her son had died.
"We’re sad to inform you that Melissa’s son Beckett passed away and there will not be a Concerts From Home show today," a tweet from the singer's Twitter page stated.
Melissa and Julie Cypher welcomed Beckett in November 1998 via artificial insemination after the birth of their daughter, Bailey Jean, in February 1997.
It was later revealed that the biological father was singer David Crosby.
Julie and Melissa split in 2000 although they lived in back-to-back houses in order to focus on their co-parenting.
Melissa is also mom to 13-year-old twins, son Miller and daughter Johnnie, from her relationship with Tammy Lynn Michaels.
She is now married to Linda Wallem.
"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," Melissa told Parents.com of bringing up four children.
"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."
Fans flocked to the Twitter page to pay their condolences.
"Melissa, Linda, Bailey, Johnny Rose and Miller, #EtheridgeNation is holding you all so tight. Our hearts are broken for you. Our deepest condolences to you and all who are hurting at this time," shared one fan page.
Singer-songwriter Liz Phair added: "Oh no! Please give her my deepest sympathy."
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