Heartbreaking – Man Loses Wife in Labor and Son Days Later

A heart wrenching video of a father singing to his son has gone viral over the last week and once you view it, you’ll understand why.

Chris and Ashley Picco were a young married couple preparing to give birth to their firstborn son when something went wrong.

At 24 weeks pregnant, Ashley passed away and their son Lennon James was born by emergency C-Section. During Ashley’s pregnancy she would often notice how her son would move to the music when Chris would play his guitar and sing. So Chris asked if he could bring his guitar to the NICU and play for baby Lennon – the video captures those sweet moments for all of us to share.

The following day, baby Lennon also passed away…

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Here is what Chris wrote after losing his son.

chris lennon piccoDear 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.


Here’s the video of Chris singing “Blackbird” to Baby Lennon and the description from their YouTube page.


Chris Picco singing Blackbird to his son, Lennon James Picco, who was delivered by emergency C-section at 24 weeks after Chris’ wife Ashley unexpectedly and tragically passed away in her sleep. Lennon’s lack of movement and brain activity was a constant concern for the doctors and nurses at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, where he received the absolute best care available. During the pregnancy, Ashley would often feel Lennon moving to music so Chris asked if he could bring his guitar into the NICU and play for Lennon, which he did for several hours during the last days of Lennon’s precious life. One day after filming this, Lennon went to sleep in his daddy’s arms.

For more information please visit: http://www.piccomemorial.com
To donate to a Memorial Fund to help with medical bills and associated expenses, please visit the Picco Family You Caring Page.

© Chris Picco 2014

Brett Walls • [email protected] • 909-647-7167

If you’d like to donate to the Ashley Picco Memorial Fund, please give here.

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