In spite of recurrent illness and failing strength, he continued his explorations and missionary work until May 1873 when he died quietly, kneeling in prayer, at his bedside in his tent at Ilala. We are told that his faithful servants led by Susi, the chief attendant on his travels, removed the heart from his body and buried it under a tree nearby so that his heart would always remain in Africa. They dried his body in the sun, strapped it on a pole and carried it on a nine-month trip to the coast where it was shipped to England. Dr. Livingstone was buried with great honor in Westminster Abbey, London, on April 18, 1874.