On March 20, 1991, Legendary musician Eric Clapton’s world changed completely. His 4-year-old son, Conor, fell to his death from the 53rd-floor window of a New York City hotel after a cleaner left it open.
While it’s no secret that the famed guitarist and singer used the pain from his son’s death and put it into his music, Eric has opened up more about that tragic day.
While promoting his documentary, Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars, Eric talked to Liz Barnes for Planet Rock about his son’s death and how it affected him.
“I went off to Antigua, and I rented a little cottage there in a community. And I just swatted mosquitos all day and played this guitar and stayed there for almost a whole year, without much contact with the outside world, and I tried to heal myself,” he said, as reported by the Daily Mail.
On the day of the funeral, Eric received his mail and saw a note his son had written him just days before his death. In a 2006 interview, Conor’s mom, Lory, explained that Eric received the letter just hours after they’d buried their son. Lory explained:
“The baby had learned to write a few words, and he said to me, ‘Oh Mummy, I want to write a letter to Daddy. What shall I write?’ I told him, ‘Well, write, “I love you.”‘ He wrote that and we posted it like a regular letter. After Conor died, Eric and I arrived in London for the funeral. I was there when Eric received his mail just after the funeral, and he opened it up, and it was Conor’s letter.”
Eric’s song for his son, titled “Tears in Heaven,” earned him three Grammy awards. Watch the video below to learn more about Eric Clapton’s documentary.
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[H/T: Daily Mail]
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