An Argentine news reader was given bard time by merciless viewers after it was revealed that the world’s most famous playwright had died.
But rather than William ‘The Bard’ Shakespeare, it was actually his 81-year-old modern namesake William ‘Bill’ Shakespeare – the first man to receive the Pfizer coronavirus sting – who died in the hospital earlier this week.
The better known Shakespeare died at home in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1616, aged 52 and over 400.
Reports from this period are hard to come by, but half a century later Stratford Rev. John Ward wrote that days after “drinking too hard” with poet Michael Drayton and playwright Ben Jonson he succumbed to a mysterious illness.
To prove in a name that Noelia Novillo, presenter of Canal 26, announced on Thursday that “one of the most important writers in the English language – for me the master” has died.
She said, “We have news that has amazed us all, given the size of this man. We are talking about William Shakespeare and his death. We will let you know how and why it happened.”
As she relayed Bill’s somber news videos, his thrust flashed on the screen.
The internet was quick to ridicule.
A tweeter expressed condolences to Anne Hathaway, the actress who shares a name with the playwright’s wife.
Another suggested that the Montagues and Capulets be present.
While some have suggested, “a man can only die once,” a line from Shakespeare’s play King Henry.
Former Rolls Royce worker and Labor Party member Bill received his bump in December, becoming only the second person and the first man to be injected.
He died of an unrelated disease, Coventry University Hospitals and Warwickshire NHS Trust said.