Video of US father singing Beatles song to dying baby goes viral

Musician Chris Picco with Ashley, the mother of his son Lennon. A heartbreaking video of Picco singing a Beatles song to his dying newborn baby Lennon, after Ashley passed away during labour, has gone viral online. -- PHOTO: ASHLEY PICCO/FACEBOOK&nbs
Musician Chris Picco with Ashley, the mother of his son Lennon. A heartbreaking video of Picco singing a Beatles song to his dying newborn baby Lennon, after Ashley passed away during labour, has gone viral online. -- PHOTO: ASHLEY PICCO/FACEBOOK 
Musician Chris Picco with Ashley, the mother of his son Lennon. A heartbreaking video of Picco singing a Beatles song to his dying newborn baby Lennon, after Ashley passed away during labour, has gone viral online. -- PHOTO: CHRIS PICCO/FACEBOOK&nbsp
Musician Chris Picco with Ashley, the mother of his son Lennon. A heartbreaking video of Picco singing a Beatles song to his dying newborn baby Lennon, after Ashley passed away during labour, has gone viral online. -- PHOTO: CHRIS PICCO/FACEBOOK 

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A heartbreaking video of a man singing a Beatles song to his dying newborn baby, after the mother passed away during labour, has gone viral online.

Chris Picco took a guitar into the neo-natal ward to sing Blackbird to his son Lennon, born prematurely by emergency Caesarian section last weekend.

The boy was born at 24 weeks on Nov 8, but his mother Ashley died the same day.

The infant survived three days in the neo-natal ward at Loma Linda University Hospital outside Los Angeles and died on Nov 11.

A video of the baby's father playing the song by his incubator had been watched over half a million times on Thursday with tens of thousands more views every few minutes.

"Our dear Ashley's life was tragically, devastatingly cut short this past weekend. Her dear baby flickered briefly for a few days after," said a statement on a memorial website.

A family spokesman Brett Walls told AFP: "For the next few days, Chris is spending time with his family, his friends, and his community while he continues to grieve.

"He recognises the chord this is striking with people and would be interested in seeing how we could partner to bring healing to others who are suffering," he said in an e-mail.