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What happened to Eric Clapton son Conor Clapton?

If you’re true blues music fan, then you must have heard Eric Clapton songs But have you ever wondered why was Tears In Heaven” written? Eric wrote it for his son Conor Clapton.

Many of you’ve already learned what happened to Eric Clapton’s son, while most of you’re still unaware about the sad truth about Conor.

Well, here’s everything you need to know (or some you might’ve missed) about Eric Clapton son Conor Clapton.

Conor Clapton Wiki-Bio: Birthday, Birthplace & Family

Let’s start with some lesser known facts about Conor.

Conor Clapton was born in St Mary’s Hospital located at Paddington, in the City of Westminster, London, United Kingdom on August 21, 1986.

Happiness gazed after the birth of Conor in 1986.

Even though the child was born British, Eric Clapton son spent most of his childhood in Italy with his mother, Lori Del Santo, who is an Italian TV star.

Eric had an extramarital affair with the former Italian model Lori while he’s still in relationship with his ex-wife Pattie Boyd (m. 1979–1989).

Now Eric Clapton relishes his married relationship with Melia McEnery. In 2002, Eric and Melia tied the knot in Ripley, United Kingdom.

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In August 23, 1991, Conor Clapton mother Lori welcomed her second child Devin Sardi with Italian film producer Silvio Sardi.


Meanwhile, Conor’s younger sibling Loren Del Santo (born. 1999), recently committed suicide at the age of 19 years old in August 2018.

Similarly, Julie Rose Clapton, and Ella May Clapton, are half sibling sister’s of Conor from his dad relationship with Melia. Also, Ruth Clapton counts as half sister of Conor Clapton from Eric’s extramarital affair with Yvonne Kelly.

Conor’s grandfather Edward Walter Fryer had passed away a year before his birth while his granny Patricia Molly Clapton, died in March 1999.

Here’s What Happened To Eric Clapton’s Son

Now let’s dig more into what actually had happened to Eric Clapton son.

On March 20, 1991, Eric Clapton went through the toughest day in his life. His beloved son Conor Clapton, from an unstable relationship with Lori Del Santo passed away that day.

You might be wondering, ‘how did Conor Clapton really die?’ Rock guitarist Eric Clapton son fell out from a window of a 53rd-floor apartment, today’s modern Galleria Condominiums on East 57th Street in NYC, New York.

Galleria Condominiums on East 57th Street in NYC, New York.

Shortly after 11 A.M., Conor landed on the roof of a four-story building next door. Conor Clapton was 4 four and a half years old at the time of his death.

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His mother and a housekeeper were left shocked and in tragedy who were with him in that apartment.

Reportedly, Conor ran past the housekeeper, who left the 4-by-6 foot window open to air the room out, after cleaning the window pane.


Conor and his mother stayed in the apartment during their visit to New York from Italy.

Lori Del Santo holds Tender aged son Conor Clapton while on a walk with her boyfriend Eric Clapton.
Source: Pinterest

Even more sorrow aroused to his father Eric Clapton who was in New York but not in the apartment at the time of the accident.

We’ve also learned that Clatpton had took his son to a circus before the nightmare took place, that Eric later mermorialized in the son “Circus“.

After the incident which could’ve caused a heart attack, Eric was then thoroughly examined and discharged from the emergency room of Lenox Hill Hospital.

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Eric and his ex-girlfriend Lori Del Santo along with other artists attended the funeral of their son’s death in Ripley, United Kingdom. Yes, that’s the place where Eric later married his wife Melia.

Lori and Eric attending their son Conor’s funeral at Ripley, United Kingdom.
Source: IloveClassicRock

After Conor Clapton’s funeral, Eric received a letter written by his son, that read how much he loved and missed him whenever his father was away.

That’s the year when Eric wrote “Tears In Heaven“. The following years, Eric began raising awareness for childproofing windows and staircases.

Conor’s Death Is Why Eric Clapton Wrote Tears In Heaven

You might’ve heard that Eric Clapton wrote “Tears In Heaven” in the loss of losing his beloved son Conor Clapton. But did you know that the emotional ballad became Eric’s best-selling single in the United States.

Cute Conor with his father Eric
Source: DailyMail

The song pours a tragic emotion and grief from the very first second when the music starts to play.


The Grammy-winning hit “Tears in Heaven” became the soundtrack of the 1991 movie Rush.

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During a 60 Minutes interview with Ed Bradley, Eric noted how his desire to become a good, loving, and a role model father to Conor drifted Clapton to get sober.

“When he was born, I was drinking, and he was really the chief reason that I went back to treatment, because I really did love this boy,” Eric admitted saying “I thought, ‘I know he’s a little baby, but he can see what I’m doing, and I’m tired of this.'”

That’s all about Eric Clapton son Conor Clapton. If this brought tears in your eyes, then don’t forget to share it with your friends.


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