Benedict Cumberbatch Writes Letter to Grieving Family of Sherlock Fan

TIME

After hearing about the death of a young Sherlock fan, Benedict Cumberbatch wrote a touching letter to the family of 14-year-old Eve Shepherd, apologizing for missing her funeral because he was “filming the show she loved.”

“It was absolutely unbelievable,” her father Mark Shepherd, 47, tells PEOPLE of receiving the letter. “We know that Eve would have been jumping for joy.

“For him to have spent time to write to us and to comfort us in such a very difficult time is incredible,” he says. “We knew that he was a lovely man before, but to spend time when he was getting married and was so busy with the Oscars and the BAFTAs and everything else is amazing.”

Born premature, Eve underwent more than 200 operations after needing a tracheostomy at just 3 months old, her family told the Warrington Guardian. Cumberbatch had previously sent the 14-year-old…

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