This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
Dublin: 18 °C Saturday 20 July, 2019

Bereaved husband sings 'Blackbird' to his dying newborn son

A heartbreaking video that is helping raise funds across the world.

Source: K.C. Hohensee/YouTube

THIS HEARTWRENCHING VIDEO of Chris Picco has been watched by more than a quarter of a million people over the past 24 hours.

It shows a father singing to his newborn son, Lennon, hours before he passes away.

In the days before it was shot by his friend, Chris had lost his wife Ashley who died after delivering her baby son by an emergency C-section. Her son was born at just 24 weeks, dangerously premature.


On Sunday, a fundraising page was set up by friends in memory of Ashley (30) for baby Lennon’s medical expenses. Full of youthful hope, Chris wrote:

“My wife, best friend and mother of my child passed away. I have a lifetime to grieve this unspeakable loss, but I know that right now she would want me to focus completely on baby Lennon James Picco, who survived by an emergency C-section. He is 24 weeks old and fighting for his life, moment by moment.”

His friends hoped the page would help with the mounting medical expenses facing them in the US hospital.


Sadly, a new post yesterday told of Lennon’s passing.

Dear friends, family, and supporters; it is with an unbelievably heavy heart that I write this. My little fighter, Lennon James Picco went to sleep in his daddy’s arms late last night. He was surrounded by family, friends, and the best doctors, nurses and hospital staff in the world. He was dressed in an outfit that Ashley bought for him, with little guitars on it, and wrapped in a blanket made by a dear friend. I am so thankful for the four unforgettable days I got to spend with him. His mommy would have been so beyond joy to see him and to hold him, touch him, bathe him, sing to him – as I have had the privilege of doing. I have been so blessed and honored to love him before he was formed, to cherish him while mommy carried him, meet him face to precious face, and hold his perfect little body while we said “goodbye for now”. There are no words, but I wanted to keep you updated, as your love and support has meant more than anything in the world. All you need is love.

So far, $65,000 has been raised for the family.

A memorial service for mother and son will be held at the Loma Linda University Church of Seventh-day Adventists on Saturday.


  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

Read next: