Death and Funeral Charles Robert Darwin died on April 19 1882 at Down House. He was 73 years old. He was buried at Westminster Abbey. The funeral took place on April 26 the pallbearers included Huxley Hooker and Wallace. Darwin was laid to rest next to Sir John Herschel a man who had inspired Darwin when he was young but who refused to accept the theory of natural selection. A man of great honesty and modesty Darwin remains a giant in the history of science. On the Origin of Species is one of the most important scientific books ever published ranking with Issac Newtons Philosophi Naturalis Principia Mathematica Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy 1687 and Nicolaus Copernicuss De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres 1543works that changed not only our understanding of the world around us but of our place within it. But Darwins legacy goes beyond the theory of natural selection. His story embodies the spirit of science itself a keen observer with a love for natural history he set out on a voyage of discovery with only an open mind and returned with the answer to one of lifes greatest mysteries. 39 Darwins grave in Westminster Abbey.