Melissa Etheridge's son spent final two months 'on a bender'

EXCLUSIVE: Melissa Etheridge’s son, 21, is seen showing off his $3,500-a-month Denver apartment, taking rips from a bong and flaunting his gun collection, as friends say he spent his final two months ‘on a bender’ before he ‘overdosed’

  • Melissa Etheridge’s son Beckett spent his final two months ‘on a bender’ in the luxury $3,500-a-month Denver apartment, DailyMail.com can reveal
  • The 21-year-old was found dead of a suspected overdose in Denver on May 13, with his star musician mother re vealing he suffered from an opioid addiction 
  • An exclusive video obtained by DailyMailTV shows Beckett taking a hit from a bong while another includes footage of his large collection of modified guns 
  • Friends say he was notorious for knocking on his neighbors’ doors late at night to ask for baking soda which can be used to turn cocaine into smokable crack
  • Fishing guide Joe Kayafas, 38, who was friends with Beckett for three years, said: ‘I don’t know if he was in college much at all – he was an animal’
  • According to Kayafas, drugs became all-consuming for Beckett and he became notorious in Snow Mass, Colorado for the prodigious quantities he took
  • On several occasions, he allegedly took an eight-ball of cocaine, which is three grams of the drug, every day for five days in a row

Melissa Etheridge’s son Beckett spent his final two months ‘on a bender’ in the luxury $3,500-a-month Denver apartment where he was found dead last week, DailyMailTV can reveal.

An exclusive DailyMailTV video shot nine weeks ago shows Beckett, who was 21, inside the stylish one-bedroom apartment shortly after he moved in.

Beckett, who is seen at the home with an unidentified friend, appeared to be high as he filmed himself pulling poses in the mirror and showing off his new space.

Another video shows him taking a hit of an unidentified substance from a large bong while a third includes footage of the large collection of modified guns he amassed.

Friends said Beckett often posted videos to social media of himself drinking ‘lean’ – a highly intoxicating mixture of codeine cough syrup and Sprite, which is also known as ‘purple drank’.

In addition to that, he was known for his regular use of the opioids Xanax and Percocet and, according to a friend who knew him from his time in Snow Mass, Colorado, was notorious for knocking on his neighbors’ doors late at night to ask for baking soda which can be used to turn cocaine into smokable crack.

Melissa Etheridge’s son Beckett spent his final two months ‘on a bender’ in the luxury $3,500-a-month Denver apartment where he was found dead last week, DailyMailTV can reveal. A video exclusively obtained by DailyMailTV shot nine weeks ago shows Beckett, who was 21, inside the stylish one-bedroom apartment shortly after he moved in

Another video shows him taking a hit of an unidentified substance from a large bong


Beckett also posted a video showing off a large collection of modified guns he amassed

Beckett, who used the last name ‘Cypheridge’ which combines Etheridge’s name with that of her ex-wife Julie Cypher, was found dead in Denver on May 13. Friends say he was notorious for knocking on his neighbors’ doors late at night to ask for baking soda which can be used to turn cocaine into smokable crack

Fishing guide Joe Kayafas, 38, who had been friends with Beckett for three years, told DailyMailTV: ‘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 who is notorious for his drug use]. 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.’

Beckett, who used the last name ‘Cypheridge’ which combines Etheridge’s name with that of her ex-wife Julie Cypher, was found dead in Denver on May 13.

Etheridge, 58, announced his death the same day, writing in a Twitter post: ‘Today I joined the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction.

‘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 added: ‘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.’ 

Etheridge, 58, announced his death on May 13, writing in a Twitter post: ‘Today I joined the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction. 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.’ Pictured: Etheridge and Beckett in 2011 

She added: ‘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’

Fishing guide Joe Kayafas, 38, who had been friends with Beckett for three years, told DailyMailTV: ‘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’

Later his older sister Bailey, 23, shared photos of herself with Beckett on Instagram. ‘I don’t know what to say,’ she wrote.

‘Today we lost my brother. Too heartbroken and overwhelmed to be eloquent but appreciate all those who have reached out.

‘I love you Beckett. Fly high and watch over us.’

In a statement, the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner said: ‘Mr. Beckett Cypheridge was pronounced dead on scene.

‘An autopsy was completed and the cause and manner of death is pending investigation.’

Beckett, whose father was iconic musician David Crosby, grew up in Hidden Hills, California, with Etheridge, Cypher and Bailey.

After Etheridge split from Cypher in 2000, Etheridge went on to have another two children – twins Johnnie Rose and Miller Steven – with actress Tammy Lynn Michaels. Etheridge is now married to actress Linda Wallem.

But while Bailey went on to a career as a securities analyst with Goldman Sachs and is now based in New York City, Beckett lived a more troubled existence – beginning with a stint in rehab in Whitefish, Montana, when he was just 13.

At 18, he relocated to Snow Mass, Colorado, where he began studying at the Colorado Mountain College and picked up part time jobs first with Vail Resorts and then at the luxury Westin Snow Mass.

Later his sister Bailey shared photos of herself with Beckett on Instagram. ‘I don’t know what to say,’ she wrote. ‘Today we lost my brother. Too heartbroken and overwhelmed to be eloquent but appreciate all those who have reached out. I love you Beckett. Fly high and watch over us.’

Beckett, whose father was iconic musician David Crosby (right), grew up in Hidden Hills, California, with Etheridge, Julie Cypher (left) and his older sister Bailey

Beckett became increasingly erratic in his final months, filling up his Instagram feed with photos of guns and lean, with Kayafas describing his lifestyle as ‘toxic’. He said: ‘It [his death] was one of those things where you could see it coming. I feel so bad for his parents. They must be devastated.’ Pictured: Beckett with Etheridge (center) and Etheridge’s wife Linda Wallem

But according to Kayafas, drugs became all-consuming for Beckett and he became notorious in Snow Mass for the prodigious quantities he took – on several occasions taking an eight-ball of cocaine, which is three grams of the drug, every day for five days in a row.

He said: ‘I would just be watching him do lines of coke – one after another, after another, after another.

‘Not like most people when they party – it’s a social thing. But he was like hammer down. That’s all he really did: snowboarding and drugs, play video games and just sit there and zone out.’

Kayafas added: ‘I’ve never known him to do dope [heroin] or shoot anything. He was about pills and smoking stuff, eating, drinking or whatever.

‘I’ve seen him with Percocets which is another opioid. He would make cocktails – do coke and Xanax together. Scary shit. Uppers and downers, speedballing… That’s not good for you.

‘He would do an eight-ball of cocaine for himself every night of the week for five days and he would just keep buying.

‘I know people who sell drugs and they would be like, dude, he hits me up all the time.’

Despite his job at the Westin and college studies, Beckett didn’t stay in Snow Mass long and lived a nomadic existence in his last two years, pinging between Colorado, Montana and Etheridge’s home in California.

Kayafas said much of his time was spent in hotels drinking lean, often accompanied by ‘call girls and random dudes’ or with Etheridge.

Jobs would come and go and he went through three trucks in three years – one of which was wrecked in a crash in Los Angeles in 2018.

His final two months were spent in Denver where according to Kayafas, he made money by dabbling in bitcoin trading.

Beckett became increasingly erratic in his final months, filling up his Instagram feed with photos of guns and lean, with Kayafas describing his lifestyle as ‘toxic’.

He said: ‘It got really weird – he was buying all these guns and modifying them to make them look all crazy.

‘He was showing off all this jewelry and stuff. Combined with tons of drinking lean. He was drinking purple all the time.

He added: ‘It [his death] was one of those things where you could see it coming. I feel so bad for his parents. They must be devastated.’

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