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William Shakespeare, the first man in the world to receive one of the Covid-19 vaccines, has died at the age of 81.
His picture, as well as that of Margaret Keenan, the first woman and first person overall, was splayed across newspapers and screens worldwide after he received his first dose, much to the delight of 'Bill', as he was affectionately known.
He passed away at the same hospital where he received his vaccine after a short period of illness.
Local councillor Jayne Innes, who worked alongside Shakespeare at the Coventry Labour Party, said: "He was such a lovely man, one who had a real commitment to making his local area better.
"During lockdown local families will have enjoyed walking amongst the trees planted by Bill and his colleagues in Allesley back in the 1980s.
"He was also very involved with the creation of the Coundon Wood in 2005 and in fundraising for the purchase of Elkin Wood, now managed by the Woodland Trust in 1997.
"Bill was a life-long campaigner, so he was delighted to be able to help encourage everyone to have the vaccine in order to return to all the things we enjoy in life. I've had my first. Having our jabs is the best tribute we can all pay Bill.
"He was a keen photographer, loved jazz and socialising, and also loved the natural world and gardens. Bill will be remembered for many things including a taste for mischief.
"He was a much respected figure in the Coventry Labour Party and he will be sorely missed."
The secretary of the Coventry Labour Party, where Bill was a member for many years, added: "Bill has been an active member for many, many years, particularly in Bablake ward where he has walked hundreds of thousands of steps every year campaigning for the party and was an Allesley Parish Councillor.
"I know that he will be greatly missed not only by members in Bablake, but by colleagues across the constituency and beyond."
Shakespeare, who spent years working for Rolls Royce, performed roles as a governor of two schools, and is survived by his wife Joy, and two sons Will and Julian, as well as his grandchildren.
The details for his funeral have not yet been announced.
Featured Image Credit: PA/Good Morning Britain
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