“Today I joined the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction,” she tweeted.
“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. My heart is broken. … We struggle with what else we could have done to save him, and in the end we know he is out of pain now.”
Etheridge has been hosting live performances on social media throughout the coronavirus pandemic, but Wednesday’s “concert from home” session was canceled. In the announcement of Beckett’s death, Etheridge said, “I will sing again, soon. It has always healed me.”