Cumberbatch’s note to SHERLOCK superfan Eve Shepherd’s family was read at her funeral.
When Benedict Cumberbatch first heard of SHERLOCK superfan Eve Shepherd, he’d sent her a signed photo along with the note stating that he’d like to meet her someday. Unfortunately, that day never came as Eve, a 14-year-old who had over 200 surgeries due to side effects of a premature birth, died unexpectedly on February 1st.
In the wake of her passing, the actor wrote a letter to Eve’s grieving family, which was read aloud at her funeral as the Sherlock theme played in the background:
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.
Eve’s father, who hadn’t expected the condolences, was very moved by the gesture:
It was absolutely unbelievable, 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. 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.