Topic: ´I tried to heal myself´: Grieving Eric Clapton, 72, lived as a recluse in Antigua for a YEAR after his son Conor, four, suffered a fatal 53-storey fall from New York skyscraper
´I tried to heal myself´: Grieving Eric Clapton, 72, lived as a recluse in Antigua for a YEAR after his son Conor, four, suffered a fatal 53-storey fall from New York skyscraper Daily Mail (UK), by Ekin Karasin
He was left distraught when his four-year-old son Conor fell to his death from the 53rd floor of a New York skyscraper in a horrific freak accident in 1991.And Eric Clapton has now opened up about his heart-rending grief in the aftermath of the tragedy, revealing he flew to Antigua to spend a year living as a recluse.The musical legend, 72, isolated himself on the Caribbean island and threw himself into writing songs in a desperate attempt to ´heal´ himself. Scroll down for video (Photo)Eric opened up about his grieving process in an interview with presenter Liz Barnes for Planet
There could never be anything worse than losing a child. Clapton turned his grief into "Tears in Heaven," but don´t you know he´d give anything to trade that great song for having his son back again. The tears weren´t only his. God bless Eric, the father.
Re #3: "I never knew how he could sing that song in public."
Eric sang that most personal song on his acoustic "Unplugged" album. He could sing it live for the same reason that Elton John sang his and Bernie Taupin´s "Candle in the Wind" (reworked for Diana) in her funeral service: because he is a professional. That doesn´t make it any easier. But a pro performs. Eric and Elton are among music´s ultimate professionals.
I think he can play that song because it´s cathartic. For a musician, working your problems out through your craft can be tremendously satisfying and help to heal wounds. I´m glad he has this outlet, just as I´m glad those of us who aren´t musicians have music of others to help us through our struggles.
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