Los Angeles, California: Folk-rock star David Crosby has died at the age of 81 after a long illness. Among various celebrities mourning his death is singer Melissa Etheridge, who wrote a touching note for the late rock legend on Instagram.
Crosby was the biological father of two of their children. “I mourn the loss of my friend and biological father to Bailey and Beckett, David. He gave me a family. I will forever be grateful to him, Django and Jan. His music and legacy will inspire many generations to come. A real sweetheart,” Etheridge wrote on Instagram, sharing a picture of herself with Crosby.
David Crosby was devastated by the death of Mellisa Etheridge’s son, whom he helped conceive through a sperm donation
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In January 1993, Etheridge publicly came out as a lesbian at the Triangle Ball, a gay celebration of President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration. She had a long-term partnership with Cypher and the couple welcomed children Beckett and Bailey. In response to a question from then-editor Judy Wieder, Etheridge said, “I think one of the many fears people have about homosexuality is about children. I think the more gay parents raise good, strong, compassionate people, the better the world will be.” The quote was published in The Advocate. Etheridge and Cypher split in 2000.
Etheridge began dating actress Tammy Lynn Michaels in 2002. Michaels gave birth to fraternal twins Johnnie Rose and Miller Steven on October 17, 2006. They were conceived via an anonymous sperm donor. Michaels and Etheridge’s marriage ended in divorce. Etheridge is now married to Linda Wallem.
Etheridge’s son Beckett died at the age of 21, prompting her to post a heartbreaking message on Twitter. “Today I join the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction,” she wrote, adding, “My son Beckett, who was only 21 years old, was struggling 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.”
According to The Things, Bailey Jean Cypher sings, plays guitar and thinks music is important to her. She was reportedly told a few years after her birth that her biological father was Crosby. Bailey, who has 9,627 followers on Instagram, paid tribute to Crosby. “Rest easy Croz. Thanks for the tunes, the dimples and the love,” she wrote.
Not much is known about Johnnie Rose Etheridge and Miller Steven, but it is believed that they are currently in high school. In a shocking revelation, Tammy once said on her blog that she burned five-year-old Miller with a cigarette, according to the Daily Mail. She said the accident happened despite warning her children “you can’t compete with me for a few minutes” while she smokes. She wrote: “One second I was watching a kid chase a dog, the next second a kid was jumping on me from behind. How come I was the only one yelling? This kid has insane pain tolerance, his tender flesh to the nicotine stick so fast, so fast he insisted it didn’t hurt.”
Following Crosby’s death, his widow Jan Dance said in a public statement: “It is with great sadness that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby has passed away after a long illness. He was lovingly surrounded by his wife and soulmate Jan and son Django.”
“Although he is no longer here with us, his humanity and kind soul will continue to guide and inspire us. His legacy will live on through his legendary music. Peace, love and harmony to all who knew David and to those he touched. We will miss him very much. At this time, we respectfully and kindly ask for privacy as we grieve and try to deal with our profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers,” the statement added.