Beckett Cypher, the 21-year-old son of Melissa Etheridge and Julie Cypher, has died of opioid addiction.
Logan Williams’ mom is opening up about his tragic death.
Williams, the actor best known for playing a young Barry Allen on The CW’s “The Flash,” suddenly died on April 2, just days ahead of his 17th birthday on April 9.
Marlyse Williams revealed that toxicology results showed her son died of a fentanyl overdose following a three-year battle with opioid addiction. She’s now hopes Williams’ story will help raise awareness of addiction and prevent another mother from experiencing her pain.
“His death is not going to be in vain,” Marlyse told New York Post in an exclusive interview, published Friday. “He’s going to help a lot of people down the road.”
USA TODAY reached out to Williams’ rep for comment.
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Williams was in eight episodes of the CW superhero show, with his last appearance coming in the Season 2 premiere in 2015, according to IMDb. He also had roles on “Supernatural,” “The Whispers” and “When Calls the Heart.”
Marlyse said although her family kept Williams’ addiction “under wraps” due to “the judgment,” “embarrassment” and “criticism,” they did all they could to help him. She said she remortgaged her home to send Williams to an expensive treatment facility in the United States and another in British Columbia last summer.
“I did everything humanly possible — everything a mother could do,” she told the Post. “I did everything but handcuff him to me to try to keep him safe.”
Marlyse said she last saw her son four days before his death, when they enjoyed a home cooked meal together: “He said to me, ‘Mom, I’m gonna get clean. I’m going to get better. And I want my new life to start.'”
Marlyse sent condolences to singer Melissa Etheridge, who confirmed her 21-year-old son Beckett Cypher died as a result of opioid addiction this week.
“My heart breaks for her because I know the initial devastation of knowing your beautiful boy is gone. Unfortunately, I can relate,” Marlyse said “We are in this horrible club. A club you don’t want to be a member of.”
On Wednesday, Etheridge tweeted that her “heart is broken” over her son’s death.
“Today I joined hundreds of thousands of families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction,” Etheridge wrote. “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.”
Beckett, born in 1998, was one of two children Etheridge had with Julie Cypher, conceived with sperm from Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Crosby. The couple’s daughter, Bailey Jean, was born in 1997. Etheridge and Cypher’s relationship ended in 2000.
Contributing: Bill Keveney and Carly Mallenbaum
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