HE inspired an unforgettable song and saddened a nation, so who is Conor Clapton and what happened to him?
Conor sadly passed away in March 1991 and was memorialised in his father’s hit song Tears In Heaven.
Who is Eric Clapton’s son?
Conor was born on August 21, 1986, and is the son of guitar legend Eric Clapton and Italian actress Lory del Santo.
The young boy’s life was cut tragically short when he fell to his death from his mother’s 53rd-floor Manhattan apartment in March 1991.
According to accounts of the day, the four-year-old tot jumped from a cantilevered window which a janitor had left open.
Young Conor was in the care of his nanny when the tragedy occurred and had been excitedly preparing to visit the Bronx Zoo with his rocker dad that day.
The tragic event spurred Eric to write hit song Tears in Heaven, which appeared on the 1991 Rush film soundtrack.
The song was Eric’s best-selling single in the US and reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and charted in the top 10 in more than 20 countries around the world.
Eric described his son as “the one thing in my life that good could come out of”.
Who is Conor Clapton’s mom?
Lory is an Italian actress who was born in Veneto in 1958. Her father died in a car accident when she was three.
Lory started her TV career at the age of 16, starring in the 1975 edition of Festivalbar – an Italian singing competition.
Years later she moved to Rome and Milan, acting in a range of comedies in the late 1970s and did some modelling on the side.
She entered the Miss Universe competition in 1980.
Lory was barely 27 when she met 40-year-old Eric during two concerts he performed in Milan in October 1985.
The pair were allegedly “smitten” with each other and kicked off a love affair.
At the time, Eric was still married to Pattie Boyd – Beatle George Harrison’s former wife – whom he obsessively pursued for years.
He and Pattie were trying for childrenat the time and were booked in for another round of fertility treatment when Eric announced his lover had fallen pregnant with his child.
Lory gave birth in a private word at the maternity wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London and lived in a house Eric rented for her in the well-to-do area of Chelsea.
The pair never married.
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