Chris Picco has recently suffered two devastating losses. His wife, Ashley, died after an emergency C-section, and his son, Lennon was struggling to live from his first moments in the world. And although Picco was decimated by grief, he kept it together to perform this beautiful rendition of "Blackbird" for Lennon as he fought for his life.
Picco's friends set up a memorial fund for Ashley, and Picco commented on the support, stating that everything was about the baby now.
"It's impossible to sum up what as happened in the last couple of days," he 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."
Yesterday, Picco wrote this:
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.
The video, which was posted two days ago, has already been viewed more than 200,000 times and is a reminder of how precious and fragile life can be. Donations to Ashley Picco's memorial fund can be made here and will cover medical costs.