Eric Clapton’s Son Died Running Out of a 53rd Story Full-Wall Window a Janitor Had Removed to Let in Fresh Air

Clapton’s son, Conor, who he had with model and actress Lori del Santo while still married to Patti Boyd, died at the age of four years old after falling from a window in del Santo’s 53rd floor, New York City apartment.  The window was a full wall window that had been removed by a janitor to let fresh air in while he worked.  Conor was playing hide and seek with a nanny and running from her when he ran into the room with the open window and straight out of it.  Clapton found out when he arrived later to pick up Conor and del Santo to go to the zoo.

This gave rise to one of Clapton’s most popular songs, “Tears in Heaven”, which is referencing Clapton’s grief as well as regret that up until that point he had been a reluctant father who was often absent and, according to del Santo, only the night before had told her that he wanted to become a much bigger part of Conor’s life, only to have Conor die the next day; hence the “Would you know my name, if I saw you in heaven?”

According to del Santo, during her pregnancy, Clapton attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself, but ultimately just passed out and eventually regained consciousness.  Clapton’s manager also attempted to get del Santo to abort the baby as he thought del Santo would try to use the baby to extort money from Clapton, which ultimately never happened.

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15 comments

  • Tragic story that could happen to anyone. One slight mistake and look what happens

  • Things like this wouldn’t happen if more of us paid attention to one another, and cared for each other’s safety, and we’ll being. I’d feel exactly the same if it happened to anyone else in the universe.

  • I hope that janitor was sued as well as imprisoned for negilgant homicide. My heart aches for him as I know what it is like to lose a son.

    • He was an idiot janitor for sure but..he was never blamed for the terrible accident that cost little Conor his life. But worse than that..the janitor never said he was sorry to Eric or Lory for the accident; nor did he ever express condolences to them for their son’s death. So, it’s one thing to be an accidental idiot (for Conor’s accidental death)..but to be a purposeful idiot (for purposely ignoring Conor’s death)..has to be the worst.

    • He got off scot free and no one was sued, really disgusting.

  • It was a horrible accident. Clapton didn’t blame anyone. Not even the janitor who left the window open. Clapton said the janitor probably didn’t know a child was in the apartment. It’s one of those things where you want to scream WHY?!! Just an unbelievable accident. Pray for Eric and Conor’s mother Lory Del Santo.RIP little Conor.

  • RIP little Conor. You were very loved and missed. Will pray for your parents who are in agony for your lose of life.

  • YES, ERIC. HE WILL KNOW YOU IN HEAVEN. MAYBE HE WILL WANT TO LEARN TO FLY FISH. MAYBE HE HAS WRITTEN A COUPLE OF SONGS FOR HIS DAD. THANK YOU, ERIC, FOR THE MUSIC. I GUESS GRIEF IS FOREVER. BUT, THEN, SO IS MUSIC. I’M GLAD YOU SEEM TO KNOW HOW THE MUSIC HELPS. BECAUSE YOUR MUSIC HELPS ME. I BET HIM TOO.

  • He was an idiot janitor for sure but..he was never blamed for the terrible accident that cost little Conor his life. But worse than that..the janitor never said he was sorry to Eric or Lory for the accident; nor did he ever express condolences to them for their son’s death. So, it’s one thing to be an accidental idiot (for Conor’s accidental death)..but to be a purposeful idiot (for purposely ignoring Conor’s death)..has to be the worst.

    • One person interviewed claimed the janitor didn’t know there was a child in the apartment, yet the mother said she heard him tell the nanny to keep Conor away from the window. So the janitor definitely knew as did the mother know the window was removed, yet she left the room to check a fax and was gone 15 minutes! Who does that? Janitor should’ve been charged, maybe not since his name was José which explains a lot. Somebody should’ve been charged.

  • Sthu about the janitor.The mother has only herself to blame.Never ever would i leave my kid trust those stupid nannies knowing there’s an open window like that.

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