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Jacqueline stopped playing the cello when she was 28 years old: a victim of multiple sclerosis. She died at the age of 42, after 14 years of unremitting illness. Her story is so unusual, her gift so unexplainable and the sudden and tragic end to it so beyond understanding that the world had to invent its own myths and then, as the years went by, to embellish them. In the process the stories have projected an image of her character that bears less and less resemblance to the real person – who so caught the public imagination and who meant so much to so many people. Who was the real Jacqueline du Pré?