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Melissa Etheridge’s 21-year-old son Beckett Cypher has died from an opioid overdose

By Fabrice Pierre-Toussaint

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Melissa Etheridge and ex-partner Julie Cypher’s 21-year-old son Beckett has died, the singer’s team confirmed on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

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“We’re sad to inform you that Melissa’s son Beckett passed away and there will not be a Concerts From Home show today,” her team tweeted in a statement posted to the singer’s account.

The star, 58, later confirmed to PEOPLE her son had died from a drug overdose.

“Today I joined the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction,” she told PEOPLE in a statement.

“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 continued.

“My heart is broken. I am grateful for those who have reached out with condolences and I feel their love and sincere grief.”

“We struggle with what else we could have done to save him, and in the end we know he is out of the pain now.”

“I will sing again, soon. It has always healed me,” the heartbroken star said.

Etheridge talked to Parents about welcoming Beckett with Cypher in 1998. The two publicly shared that Beckett and Bailey, 23, were conceived via sperm donation from their friend David Crosby. (Etheridge also shares 13-year-old twins Johnnie Rose and Miller Steven with ex Tammy Lynn Michaels.)

“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,” she told the outlet. “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.”

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If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please contact the SAMHSA substance abuse helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.

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