Benedict Cumberbatch played the villainous Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, but the British actor recently did right by a super-fan of Sherlock, his hit television series. Eve Shepherd was just 14 years old when she died suddenly on February 1, following breathing struggles and a lifetime of health issues she'd bravely fought to overcome, and Cumberbatch took the time to write a letter to Shepherd's family that was read out loud during the girl's funeral service. It read, "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."
Speaking to the Warrington Guardian, Shepherd's father Mark commented, "Eve would find this funny as she was a big TV and film fan. She would be giggling her head off at the thought she was in the newspaper. But she would be so happy about the letter from Benedict - she was a huge fan." And, according to the Guardian, some mourners, among them Shepherd's parents, sported Sherlock-esque deerstalkers to honor Eve.