Tears In Heaven: Famous Song By Eric Clapton Was Inspired By The Loss Of His Son

Everyone who heard the song Tears In Heaven, by Eric Clapton, knows how emotionally deep the lyrics are. The best-selling Clapton’s song, which brought the singer to the top of the chats, was inspired by a tragic event in his life.

A year before writing the hit, Clapton’s 4-year-old son, Connor, died in an accident. He fell out of  53rd-floor window of a New York apartment.

Eric Clapton and his girlfriend, Lory Del Santo, were happy to welcome a baby boy in 1984. Even though they separated later, they both shared custody of the child. The singer loved being a father and was excited every time he got to spend time with Conor. The mother told ABC News

He was an angel, I think. Really, he was.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In March 1991, tragedy struck. The boy was excited about spending a full day with daddy, who was about to pick him up. While waiting, he was goofing around and playing cheerfully with his nanny.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Unfortunately, just at that moment, the large window in the apartment was open as the janitor was cleaning the glass.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Involved in the game, Connor ran to the window to hide behind the curtain. Instead, he fell out and landed on the roof of the building standing below. Sadly, he passed away immediately.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In the public service announcement, Clapton said

Use guards on windows and safety gates on stairs. It's easy, and it could prevent a terrible tragedy. Believe me, I know.

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It was unbearable to cope with the loss, but the singer found his consolation in music. A year later, he released Tears In Heaven, with the most touching lines:

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven?
I must be strong and carry on
'Cause I know I don't belong here in heaven.

Rest in peace, Connor Clayton.

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