Loma Linda, California, United States
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'.
An Adventist musician and recording artist from Loma Linda, California, has tragically lost his wife and premature son within days of one another.
Chris Picco, lead singer of Castles in Air, lost his wife Ashley last weekend, with their first child, Lennon, delivered by emergency C-section at 24 weeks.
At this stage, the cause for Ashley’s death is not known. Three days later, baby Lennon also passed away. Chris’ story is gaining international media attention and a video of Chris playing The Beatles’ “Blackbird” to baby Lennon in the Loma Linda University Medical Centre’s neonatal unit has gone viral.
In a Facebook post, Chris made this statement:
“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.”
According to Spectrum, Loma Linda University church will host a memorial service on Saturday, November 15, which will be broadcast on the church’s website.
Castles in Air regularly play for worship services throughout Southern California, particularly Loma Linda University church’s Re:Live young adult service. They toured Australia for Psalter Music and performed in the Live @ Psalter Studios series (available to watch at <www.hopechannel.com>).
Family and friends have set up a memorial fund to help with medical expenses and donors have already exceeded the initial $US50,000 they had hoped to raise.
Donations can be made at <www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/ashley-picco-memorial–fund/260229>.