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Corner’s Verdict: Eric Clapton’s Son Died Accidentally

January 31, 1992 GMT

GUILDFORD, England (AP) _ Rock star Eric Clapton told an inquest today that he blamed no one for the death of his 4-year-old son, who fell from a 53rd-story window at his mother’s New York apartment last March

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Guildford coroner Michael Burgess said there was no way Conor Clapton could have survived the 500-foot fall.

Under British law, an inquest must be held if a body is brought into the country for burial. Conor is buried in Clapton’s hometown of Ripley, near Guildford, which is about 30 miles southwest of London.

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New York police called the death accidental.

The singer said he was called to the apartment 20 minutes after his son’s fall on March 20 and learned that a cleaner who did not normally work in the building had left one of the windows open.

After the cleaner left the room, Conor ran in, Clapton said. ″Conor ran straight across the room, not seeing the window open and tripped.″

The boy’s mother, Lori Del Santo, was in another part of the apartment, and nobody was in the room at the time, he said.

Clapton stressed he did not blame anybody for the accident.

″It couldn’t be anybody’s fault - even the man who opened the window. I don’t know if he knew there was a child in the apartment, so he can’t be held to blame,″ the singer said.