The accepted account of Vincent's death, until now, has been that of his friend Emile Bernard soon after the event. He wrote that on July 27, 1890, the painter walked into the countryside outside Auvers, in northern France. He leaned his easel against a haystack, and shot himself with a revolver. The bullet went through his upper abdomen without hitting his heart, and Van Gogh staggered back to the inn where he was staying. His landlord, Gustave Ravoux, found Van Gogh lying in bed with his face turned to the wall. He died in the early hours of July 29. Almost his last words to his brother Theo were, "This is how I wanted to go."