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Actor Benedict Cumberbatch writes letter to dead fan’s grieving family

LOS ANGELES — Break out the tissues — Benedict Cumberbatch wrote a letter to the grieving family of 14-year-old “Sherlock” fan Eve Shepherd after hearing about her death.

In the letter, Cumberbatch apologized for missing her funeral because he was “filming the show she loved.”

“It was absolutely unbelievable,” her father, Mark Shepherd, told People. “We know that Eve would have been jumping for joy.”

Eve Shepherd was born premature and underwent more than 200 operations after needing a tracheostomy when she was three months old, her family told the Warrington Guardian. According to her father, Cumberbatch had previously sent Eve a signed picture, “wishing her well and saying that he want to meet her.”

The letter to Shepherd’s family was read at her funeral service on Monday, and said the following:

“I send my deepest sympathies to Eve’s family. To lose someone so young who fought for her health all her life must be beyond endurance.

“I hope they can take solace from the fact that she was clearly much loved and her support of our show is hugely appreciated and shall be remembered.

“I wish I could be there but sadly am filming the show she loved. God rest her soul. With all my love and sympathies, Benedict xxx.”

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