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Eric Clapton’s Son Killed in Fall from 53rd Floor Window

March 21, 1991 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ The 4 1/2 -year-old son of rock guitarist Eric Clapton died Wednesday after he fell out the window of a 53rd-floor apartment, police said.

Conor Clapton fell shortly after 11 a.m. and landed on the roof of a four- story building next door, according to Officer Kim Royster.

The boy’s mother, Italian television star Lori Del Santo, and a housekeeper were in the apartment when he fell, Royster said.

Eric Clapton was in New York when the accident occurred, but he wasn’t in the apartment, said his publicist, Ronnie Lippin in Los Angeles.

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Clapton was examined and released from the emergency room at Lenox Hill Hospital afterward, said hospital spokeswoman Ann Warner. She said his condition didn’t require immediate medical attention but wouldn’t provide additional details.

The housekeeper had just finished cleaning the window pane and had left it open to air out the room when Conor ran past him and fell out the 4-by-6 foot window, police said.

Del Santo and Conor were staying in the apartment during their visit to New York from Italy, Lippin said. She didn’t know who owns the apartment in the sleek, modern Galleria Condominiums on East 57th Street.

Clapton, a founding member of Cream and Derek & the Dominos, is generally considered to be one of the great rock guitar stylists. He also wrote many hit songs, including ″Layla″ and ″Let it Rain.″

Clapton won a Grammy Award this year as best male rock vocalist for his song ″Bad Love.″ Clapton’s agent, tour manager and bodyguard were killed in a helicopter accident last summer that also killed blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Clapton was divorced from Patti Boyd Harrison - the ex-wife of Clapton’s friend, former Beatle George Harrison - in 1988. Boyd was granted an uncontested divorce on the grounds of Clapton’s adultery with Del Santo. Their son was born in 1986.

″It really felt special - a feeling that won’t wear off for a long time,″ he said then. ″It’s fantastic.″

In 1989, Clapton told an interviewer that he would like more children, ″if it was part of a marriage. My son was born in a very unstable relationship. I couldn’t see repeating that.″