“Today I joined the hundreds of thousands of families who lost loved ones because of opiate addiction,” Etheridge said in a statement on Twitter. “My son Beckett, who was only 21, struggled to overcome his addiction and eventually succumbed today. We will miss those who loved him, his family and friends.”
Crosby helped Etheridge and Cypher, who split in 2000, to conceive Beckett and their 23-year-old daughter Bailey through sperm donation and artificial insemination.
In a deleted post, a Twitter user wrote that Crosby was just a donor and, “Like most donors, he didn’t play any other role.”
“That’s not true,” Crosby published in response.
Another Twitter user wondered if any of his former bandmates with super rock group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young would contact him about Beckett Cypher’s death.
“I doubt it, but … you never know,” tweeted Crosby in response.
They decided not, he said, because Pitt wanted his children so much at the time and they weren’t looking for an additional parent for their children.
“It’s one of the reasons why David Crosby and his wife are so perfect – because they’ve already had children,” said Etheridge. “They were trying to do this as a gift.”