The boy, Conor, who was dressed in red pajamas and slippers, landed on the roof of a four-story building next to Galleria Condominiums, a story building where the boy was staying with his mother, the police said. They said the window, about 6 feet high and 4 feet wide, was left open after it was cleaned by a housekeeper. The boy, who was not in the room during the cleaning, darted past the housekeeper and somehow fell out the window, which was not protected by a window guard, the police said. Stephen Davis. Besides the housekeeper, the boy's mother, Lori Del Santo, an Italian television actress, was in the duplex with a maid and a friend, the police said. He does not live with Ms. Del Santo but went to the apartment after being called by a friend, the police said. Captain Davis said the Health Department was investigating whether the condominium was in violation of city regulations requiring window guards in apartments where children under 12 years of age live. View on timesmachine. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers.
Eric Clapton suffered a parent's worst nightmare on March 20, Although New York law requires window guards in apartment buildings, according to Snopes , a ruling exempted condos — leaving building owners to decide whether or not to have safety devices installed. The New York Times reported that Conor's accident happened during a visit from the housekeeper, who had opened the six-by-four window in order to clean it when Conor wasn't in the room and was unable to prevent the boy from "[darting] past" before it was shut. In fact, the night before tragedy struck, he'd taken Conor to the circus for an outing later memorialized in the song " Circus. In a interview with Mojo , Clapton said Conor's death "threw me into I have a belief in a higher power, but I don't really know whether — most of those old religious things say, 'See you over there. How do you know? And I'm always wondering whether I think what works about that song is it's a question.
Clapton 'went cold' when he learned about his son's accidental death
It appeared on the Rush film soundtrack. The song was Clapton's best-selling single in the United States and reached number two on the Billboard Hot In his home country the United Kingdom it reached number five on the UK Singles Chart , and also charted in the top 10 in more than twenty nations around the world. In August , Clapton's manager, two of his roadies and his friend and fellow musician Stevie Ray Vaughan were killed in a helicopter accident. On 20 March , Clapton's 4-year-old son Conor died after falling from the 53rd-floor window of a New York City apartment belonging to Conor's mother's friend. After isolating himself for a period, Clapton began working again, writing music for the film Rush He dealt with the grief of his son's death by cowriting "Tears in Heaven" for the soundtrack with Will Jennings.
Lory Del Santo allows herself a smile when she picks up her newborn baby boy. Her eyes, glazed and touched with tragedy, briefly flicker to life. Then, when he has gone to sleep, a darkness envelops her again.