A NEWSREADER mocked after announcing the death of William Shakespeare has made a grovelling apology.

Argentinian Noelia Novillo solemnly reported that the Bard had passed away, after getting him confused with an 81-year-old from Coventry.



Newsreader Noelia explained that Shakespeare, author ofclassic plays including Romeo and Juliet, was the first man in the world to get the Covid vaccine.

But she was mixing him up with William ‘Bill’ Shakespeare, who made history by getting his jab in December but sadly died this week.

The confusion meant Canal 26, a news channel based in Buenos Aires, paid tribute to the playwright, who died in 1616 aged 52.

But she has apologised in a racy selfie video posted on Instagram in which she owned up to her blunder.

“I didn’t want to let this opportunity to talk with you go by,” she said.

“I had a few seconds on the station yesterday but I’m taking this moment to do so on my social media.

“I simply want to say sorry and ask you to forgive me. Anyone can make a mistake and here I am to own up to my fall.

“After each fall one bounces back stronger. In life you fall and you get up. Learning from mistakes. That’s it. They’re lessons.”

Ending her short apology with a kiss to fans, she added: “Here I am to recognise my error. Thank you very much for listening. Have a nice day.”



Noelia told viewers about the sad news of the great playwright's apparent passing and how deeply it had affected her.

"As we all know, he’s one of the most important writers in the English language – for me the master," she said, in Spanish.

Noelia explained: "We've got news that has stunned all of us given the greatness of this man.

"We're talking about William Shakespeare and his death. We'll let you know how and why it happened."

As images of Bill played, she went on: "Here he is. He was the first man to get the coronavirus vaccine. He’s died in England at the age of 81."


The blunder has spread across the internet with one joker writing: "The Montagues and the Capulets went to the wake."

Another wrote: "Such a fuss over William Shakespeare’s death, but they didn’t mention that he was in such a bad way that he hadn’t produced a hit in centuries. Over-rated."

Shakespeare – the playwright – died on 23 April 1616 in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, after a boozy night out.

John Ward, the vicar of Stratford, wrote in his notebook at the time: "Shakespeare, Drayton, and Ben Jonson had a merry meeting and, it seems, drank too hard, for Shakespeare died of a fever there contracted."

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