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Posted: November 13, 2014

Heartbreaking video shows father singing Beatles song to dying infant son after wife died unexpectedly


Cox Media Group National Content Desk

LOMA LINDA, Calif. —

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Support has been pouring in to Chris Picco after a video was posted showing the father singing to his dying infant son in a California hospital just days after he his wife unexpectedly passed away.

Ashley Picco, 30, died in her sleep Nov. 8 but doctors were able to deliver baby Lennon during an emergency C-section at a hospital in Loma Linda.

Lennon, who was born 16 weeks premature and weighing just over 2 pounds, passed away Tuesday.

K.C. Hohensee was present in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit earlier in the week and shot video of Chris singing “Blackbird” by the Beatles.

“There are times in life, when you witness something so beautiful, and so heart-wrenching, words won't do, and only music will suffice. This is one of those times,” Hohensee wrote on his Facebook page. “Cannot express the gratitude I have for being a live witness to this special time between Chris & Lennon. Absolutely moving and a life-changing moment for me.”

The video, posted to YouTube, quickly made its way around social media and had been seen more than 300,000 times as of Thursday morning.

A memorial service for Ashley and Lennon is set for Saturday evening at a church in Loma Linda.

A fund has been set up by friends to help Chris with medical costs. By Thursday morning more than $63,000 had been raised, surpassing a goal of $50,000.

You can contribute to the fund at

Chris posted a message on his Facebook page Wednesday night:

“Thank you all so much for every encouraging word, every tear, every prayer - you all are an incredible help to me during this time of loss.”

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