TRAGIC MORSE FAN BURIED WITH TAPE OF LAST SHOW; Thaw comforts her family.
TRAGIC Inspector Morse fan Beverley Blunden was buried with a copy of the show's last-ever episode.
Words of comfort written by actor John Thaw to her family were also placed inside the coffin.
Mum-of-two Beverley, who died aged 36, was devoted to the detective series and had watched every episode. But she lost her battle against cancer just days before the last installment, The Remorseful Day, was screened last night.
Programme makers Carlton TV sent a video of the show to Beverley's husband, Andrew, and daughters Velvet, nine, and Victoria, four.
The letter written by Thaw, who has played the Oxford detective for 13 years, was read out at the funeral service before being placed in the coffin.
It said: "Dear Andrew, I was very sorry indeed to hear of Beverley's death and wanted to send my condolences.
"I was very touched to hear of her devotion to the Inspector Morse series and know how upset you must be that she died before the transmission of the final film.
"I hope that having a tape of this film will be a little consolation to you at this time.
"Please pass on my condolences to your daughters and the rest of the family."
Andrew, 38, of Hove, Sussex, said: "My wife watched every episode of Morse. She'd unplug the phones so no one could disturb her.
"She thought John Thaw was a real gentleman. Now we know she was right.
"It was marvellous John wrote to us. He was obviously touched by her young age and because of our two young children."
Beverley died last week after a three-year fight against breast cancer.
Her death had a particular significance for Thaw - his wife, actress Sheila Hancock, has successfully overcome breast cancer.
Andrew said Beverley had been looking forward to watching the final Morse, which co-stars Kevin Whately, and sees Morse dying of a heart attack.
"Unfortunately, she passed away before it was shown," he added.
The theme tune from the series was played at her funeral.
CONDOLENCES: John Thaw wrote to the family; DEVOTED FAN: Beverley loved Inspector Morse; GRAVESIDE: Andrew with Victoria and Velvet; MOVING: Whately as Sgt Lewis kisses Morse
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Nov 16, 2000|
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