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Benedict Cumberbatch wrote a touching letter to a Sherlock fan’s grieving family

The actor apologised for missing the fan’s funeral.

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A LETTER FROM Benedict Cumberbatch has written a touching letter to the family of a Sherlock fan who sadly passed away this week.

Cumberbatch extended his condolences to the family of 14-year-old Eve Shepherd and apologised for being unable to make the funeral.

The letter was read out to mourners at the funeral during which the Sherlock theme song was played.

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

The girl’s father told The Daily Mail that Eve had passed away earlier this month due to breathing difficulties. She was born prematurely as a baby and was not expected to survive for more than 24 hours.

He said that his daughter would be “giggling her head off” if she knew about the letter as she was such a fan of Cumberbatch.

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