Willian is survived by his three previous clubs — Corinthians (b. 1910), Shakhtar Donetsk (b. 1936 ), and Anzhi Makhachkala (b. 1991) — and his two estranged suitors, Liverpool FC (b. 1892) and Tottenham Hotspur (b. 1882). He is preceded by his fellow Liverpool targets, Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund) and Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid).
Known for his "moxie," in happier times Willian was described by our very own Reverend Dowley:
The Brazilian is an absolute wonder of a player: lightning-quick, can play anywhere in the attacking midfield band, and is equally deft with creative passing and shooting. The gravy on this one is that he actually has a solid defensive work rate as well, as displayed against good competition in previous Champions League campaigns with Shaktar.
Willian's loss will be mourned by many here at The Liverpool Offside. Services will be held today by our friends at We Ain't Got No History. In lieu of flowers, Chelsea FC request that donations be made in Willian's name to the club's bottomless transfer war chest.