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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 1990.
And Eric Clapton has opened up on his heart-rending grief in the aftermath of the tragedy, revealing he flew to Antigua to spend a year living as a recluse.
Legend - Caribbean - Island - Songs - Attempt
The musical legend, 72, isolated himself on the Caribbean island and threw himself into writing songs in a desperate attempt to 'heal' himself.
Eric opened up about his grieving process in an interview with presenter Liz Barnes for Planet Rock, to speak about the film A Life in 12 Bars, which documents his life.
Conor - Window - Cleaner - Manhattan - Mother
Conor died in 1990 when he fell out of a window that a cleaner left open in the Manhattan flat his mother, Italian model Lory Del Santo was renting.
Recalling the gut-wrenching days after Conor's death, Eric said: 'I brought him home from New York with all of the Italian side of his mother's family and we went through the process of the funeral.'
Cottage - Antigua - Year - Guitar - World
He explained that after the funeral, he rented a cottage in Antigua, where he spent almost a year playing his guitar and barely communicating with the outside world.
'When they left, I had this little Spanish string guitar, I became attached to that I went off to Antigua and I rented a little cottage there in a community and I just swatted mosquitos all day and played this guitar and stayed there for almost a whole year, without much contact with the outside world, and I tried to heal myself,' he said.
Songs - Sort - Move - Surface
'All I could do was play and write these songs and I re-wrote and re-performed them again and again and again and again until I felt like I had made some sort of move towards the surface...
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