A video of a California father singing to his newborn child has gone viral — and it's the heartbreaking story behind the clip that has piqued the interest and compassion of so many.
That father, Chris Picco, lost his 30-year-old wife, Ashley, on September 30 after she passed away in her sleep while pregnant with the couple's son, Lennon James; doctors subsequently performed an emergency C-section.
Just days later, Picco took to his guitar to gently sing Paul McCartney's "Blackbird" to the ailing child, who was born at just 24 weeks, according to the Daily Mail.
The infant reportedly died just hours after the touching video was recorded and uploaded to YouTube. Watch Picco serenade baby Lennon James below:
Picco took to his Facebook page Wednesday to share the sad news with friends and family, thanking them for their support.
"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 wrote. "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."
Picco went on to say that he's thankful for the time he was able to spend with the child before saying "goodbye for now" — and that his wife would have been overjoyed to have met the baby boy.
Ashley and Chris Picco (Ashley Picco Memorial Fund)
"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,'" he wrote.
(H/T: Daily Mail)