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What did Tutankhamun die from?

There are no historical records explaining the cause or circumstances of Tutankhamen's death.

There is also no positive evidence to suggest how Tutankhamen died.

However, there are many theories and these theories have changed over the years.

Was Tutankhamen murdered?

During an x-ray of the mummy in 1968, scientists found bone fragments in Tut's skull, prompting a sensational theory that the boy king had been bludgeoned to death.

Was Tutankhamun murdered by the very man that appears on the walls of his tomb, his chief vizier, Aye ?

There is a strong possibility that King Tut. knew he was dying.

Did he die from an illness?

Tutankhamun's tomb contained many baskets and jars crammed full of medicinal herbs to cure headaches and fever, indicating he might well have been ill when he died.

Did Tutankhamen die because of an infection in a broken leg?

The latest theory is that King Tutankhamun died from a break in the bone just above his left knee. Modern technology shows that the damage was not done after death, but that the young king broke it in life, probably as a result of falling from a chariot.

The fracture had no time to heal before Tutankhamun died, probably from an infection in the wound.

According to National Geographic (December 2006) a CT scan of King Tutankhamun's mummy "showed a thin coating of embalming resin around the leg break, suggesting that Tut broke his leg just before he died and that his death may have resulted from an infection or other complications."

A few weeks before his death King Tut instructed his wife to marry a Hittite prince. Messages were sent to the Hittite city. The King gave his blessing to his eldest son marrying King tut's wife. He arrived safely in Egypt but not long afterwards he was killed.

The priest, who had been King Tut's adviser, married King Tut's wife instead. A situation neither King Tut nor his wife wanted. The priest became the next pharaoh

Now that you have read the information above, what do you think? Was Tutankhamen murdered or did he die from natural causes?


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