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Pictured: Kind-hearted letters penned by the Beatles to the German fiancee of tragic original bassist Stuart Sutcliffe have come to light.<br />
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Astrid Kirchherr grew close to the band after becoming romantically involved with Sutcliffe during their 1960 Hamburg residency.<br />
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Sutcliffe, a talented painter, left the Beatles the following year to enrol at the Hamburg College of Art, but he died of suspected brain haemorrhage in April 1962.<br />
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The Fab Four were shocked by his sudden death and stayed in touch with Astrid, a photographer, in the years that followed.