Melissa Etheridge’s tragic son Beckett spiraled into ‘two-month drug bender’ before opioid death at just 21 – The Sun

MELISSA Etheridge's son Beckett Cypher reportedly spent the final two months of his life “on a bender” before dying at 21 from a drug overdose.

The 58-year-old Grammy winner tragically revealed her boy passed away on May 12 from his “opioid addiction.”


In footage that was shot nine weeks ago and obtained by The Daily Mail, Beckett can be seen taking a hit of an unidentified substance from a large bong.

He was allegedly high in the clip as he posed in the mirror of his $3,500-a-month Denver, Colorado luxury apartment.

Friends of Beckett told the publication he would regularly post social media videos where he drank “lean” – which is a mixture of codeine cough syrup and Sprite.

The outlet also alleged that friends said the 21-year-old would knock on their doors late at night asking for baking soda – which can be mixed with cocaine.


Those close to the student also claimed he was a “regular” user of Xanax and Percocet.

Beckett’s friend Joe Kayafas, 38, revealed to The Daily Mail: “I've known him since he came [to Snow Mass]. I don't know if he was in college much at all – he was an animal.

“He takes after his dad [singer David Crosby]. I've never seen people do that much drugs.

“He did everything. He once showed me a bag with a thousand Xanax and he was like, you want some?

“I like to party but I'm not into things like that. He was always on something pretty much,” the fishing guide – who was friends with Beckett for three years – told the outlet.


Melissa and Julie Cypher welcomed their son in November 1998 via artificial insemination after the birth of their daughter, Bailey Jean, in February 1997.

Julie and Melissa split in 2000 but lived in back-to-back houses to focus on their co-parenting.

It was later revealed that Beckett’s biological father was legendary singer David Crosby – who was known to use drugs in the past.

In light of Beckett's tragic death, COO of the Manhattan-based Center on Addiction Emily Feinstein claimed that David’s past drug history could have played a factor.

She told DailyMail.com: "Research tells us that 40–60% of the risk for developing addiction is driven by genetics.

"When an individual with a substance use disorder has a history of addiction in their family, it is likely that genetics were a contributing factor.”

In a now-deleted tweet after news of his passing broke, a social media user wrote: "I respectfully point out, David was their donor.

"They did not have a son 'with' him. He was Melissa and Julie's child. They raised him. Like most donors, he played no other part.”

Retweeting the post, the 78-year-old musician simply replied "not true.”

The Come to My Window singer announced her son’s passing on Twitter last week.

"Today we joined the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction," she wrote.

The songwriter 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.”

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