But rather than William ‘The Bard’ Shakespeare, it was actually his modern 81-year-old namesake, William ‘Bill’ Shakespeare – the first man to receive the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine – who died in hospital earlier this year. week.
The most famous Shakespeare died at his home in Stratford-upon-Avon at the age of 52 and over 400 in 1616.
Reports from the time are hard to come by, but half a century later Stratford vicar John Ward wrote that he succumbed to a mysterious illness days after “drinking too much” with the poet Michael Drayton and playwright Ben Jonson.
But the proof that a lot is in one name Channel 26 presenter Noelia Novillo announced on Thursday that “one of the most important writers in the English language – for me the teacher” has passed away.
She said: “We have news that has stunned us all given the greatness of this man. We are talking about William Shakespeare and his death. We will tell you how and why it happened. “
As she relayed the grim new videos of Bill receiving his jab, there was a flash on the screen.
The internet was quick in its mockery.
A tweeter sent condolences to Anne Hathaway, the actress who shares a name with the playwright’s wife.
Another suggested that the Montagues and the Capulets would attend the vigil.
While some have pointed out “a man can only die once,” a line from Shakespeare’s play King Henry.
Former Rolls Royce employee and Labor Party member Bill received his vaccine in December, becoming only the second person and the first man to receive an injection.
He died of an unrelated illness, Coventry University Hospitals and Warwickshire NHS Trust have said.