Benedict Cumberbatch pens letter to honor late 'Sherlock' fan

February 27, 2015 3:43 PM

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The 38-year-old actor wrote a touching letter expressing his sympathy for the 14-year-old's family. Shepherd died after a lifetime struggle with breathing problems and more than 200 operations, and Cumberbatch's note was read aloud at her funeral this week.

Cumberbatch previously sent the teenager a signed photo "wishing her well and saying that he wanted to meet her," father Mark Shepherd revealed to People. Shepherd told the magazine receiving the letter was "absolutely unbelievable," and said his daughter would have been "jumping for joy."

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