How old was William Shakespeare when he died?

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coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

William Shakespeare's death occured on 23rd April 1616, when he was just fifty two years old. These days that seems pretty young to us, but in those times when mortality was much higher, he didn't do too badly! It seems that, as a successful author and playwright, he enjoyed a fairly comfortable old age as a prosperous man of wealth. We don't know much about his old age, or even his death, burial and funeral service, and indeed there has been some speculation in the past about why this should be so. Some sceptics wonder why there was not more publicity about Shakespeare's death - considering his supposed fame.

Towards the end of his life he wrote works known as 'The Romances (after1608) for example 'The Tempest'.

We can be pretty sure he lived  five years at the close of his life in Stratford and was buried in the church there (Holy Trinity) in Stratford. His 'First Folio' got published in 1623 and was the first time his works were collected together.

chicagorilke23 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

William Shakespeare was 52 when he died in 1616 at Stratford-upon-Avon. His death took place a few years after he had retired from playwriting and other theater related jobs.

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Shakespeare was about 52 years old when he died

lit24 | Student

William Shakespeare is traditionally to have been  born on April 23rd, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon and he died on the same day in the year 1616 at the age of 52. The tradition that he was born and that he died on the same day adds a certain esoteric charm to his life. His son-in-law Dr.Hall attended on him during his final illness, although the cause of death is still unknown.  He was buried in the chancel of the church of the Holy Trinity in Stratford-upon-Avon.

His two friends John Heminge and Henry Condell  collected his plays and published then in the year 1623. This collection is known today as the First Folio.

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