Beckett Cypher has died. The cause of death for the 21-year-old son of singer Melissa Etheridge has not been revealed.
On Wednesday, a tweet posted to Etheridge’s Twitter account confirmed the tragic news of her son’s passing. Etheridge welcomed Cypher with her former partner Julie Cypher in 1998, with music legend David Crosby fathering the child via artificial insemination. The former couple also shares a daughter named Bailey.
Melissa Etheridge Announced Beckett’s Death In Short Statement
The singer released just a short statement about her son’s death that did not include details on exactly how or when the 21-year-old 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. – #TeamME,” the tweet read.
The aforementioned tweet also referenced canceling the “Concerts From Home” show, which Etheridge had been doing via Facebook Live. She has been offering virtual guitar lessons for $10 during the coronavirus pandemic, giving people who are interested in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity while simultaneously keeping them busy during the quarantine.
Thousands of fans and fellow musicians have left condolences for Etheridge and her family in the wake of this tragic news, including many from the music world.
“Oh no! Please give her my deepest sympathy,” wrote singer Liz Phair.
“My condolences to you and your whole family, Melissa!” NBCSN broadcaster Rich Eisner wrote.
Melissa Etheridge Revealed Beckett’s Father When He Was 1
Etheridge and Cypher had kept the paternity of their children private initially, but revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone that it was the Crosby, Stills, and Nash singer and songwriter who fathered both children — and that the idea came from Crosby’s wife.
In the interview, Etheridge explained that the idea came out when the couples were vacationing in Hawaii together. As the singer shared, she loved the idea of the longtime friend fathering their children.
“It came from her, which was the best, most perfect way,” Etheridge said. “For one, he’s musical, which means a lot to me, you know, and I admire his work. And he has his own life, has his own family,” she added.
Beckett, who was 1 at the time of the Rolling Stone announcement, was featured in an image on the magazine’s cover along with his parents and Crosby and his wife.
The paternity of the children had been a topic of much speculation, with late-night host David Letterman pressing Etheridge during an appearance to reveal the father of the couple’s children.
“All right,” she said, throwing up her hands as Letterman continued to press. “It’s Dan Quayle.”
Before the Rolling Stone announcement, many speculated that the father could be Bruce Springsteen, who Etheridge joined in a concert during a show in New Jersey. Others thought it might be Brad Pitt, who was a friend of the couple.
When she revealed that Crosby was the father of both Beckett and Bailey, Crosby noted that he was not planning to take part in raising the children.
“If, you know, in due time, at a distance, they’re proud of who their genetic dad is, that’s great,” he said.
Though Etheridge was known for her activism along with her music work, her children’s lives were mostly private. Beckett appeared alongside his mother at a ceremony in Hollywood, California, in 2011 when she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but otherwise remained out of the spotlight.