The cause of Shakespeare's death is unknown - he died April 23rd 1616 at the age of 52 (William Shakespeare's birth date has been estimated as 26th April 1564)
The exact date of death is not known but it seems fitting that he died on April 23rd April, the same date given for his birth
April 23rd is St. George's Day - the patron Saint of England
Just four weeks prior to his death, on 25th March 1616, William made his Last Will and Testament
Is this a coincidence or did Shakespeare know that he was about to die?
A contemporary of Shakespeare was said to have reported the following:
"Shakespeare, Drayton, and Ben Jonson had a merry meeting and it seems drank too hard
for Shakespeare died of a fever there contracted."
Shakespeare's burial is recorded in the Stratford Parish Register as occurring on 25 April, 1616
The exact words used on the register are "Will Shakspeare gent"
William Shakespeare was buried on April 25th 1616 in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon
His tomb lies beneath the floor of the church, in the chancel
The chancel is the space around the altar of a church for the clergy, and sometimes the choir, often enclosed by a lattice or railing
The tombstone is inscribed with the following words, which are believed to have written by Shakespeare:
Good friend for Jesus sake forbear
To dig the dust enclosed here!
Blest be the man that spares these stones,
And curst be he that moves my bones
Shakespeare is said to be buried 17 feet under the stone but his bones have not been moved, as per his wishes on the tombstone, so this has not been confirmed