A Grieving Dad Sings a Heartbreaking Song to His Dying Newborn Son

ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
Nov 2014
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We’re sad to report this story doesn’t have a happy ending, but it’s a testament to a father’s love.

As his newborn son, Lennon, fought for his life in the NICU, Chris Picco  sang him the Beatles’s “Blackbird.” The impressive cover even included a guitar.

Picco’s wife, Ashley, had just passed away after an emergency C-section. “It’s impossible to sum up what has happened in the last couple of days,” he wrote on her memorial fund page, which has raised nearly $110,000 so far. “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.”

Since the video’s Nov. 11 recording, Picco made another tragic announcement, letting us know Lennon passed away:

“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."

A memorial service will be held on Saturday. (via BuzzFeed)

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