How did King Tut die? The tomb of King Tut is displayed in a glass case at the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File/Amr Nabil)
How did King Tut die?
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You asked us a question. "How did King Tut die?"
 
The short answer is horribly. But okay, you might want more details than that.
 
He was discovered in 1922. Since then there have been numerous ideas on how he died. Some have been pretty odd.   
 
X-rays conducted in the 1960s revealed a fragment of bone in his brain cavity. It was possible evidence of death by a bonk on the head. But closer study showed that the sliver probably broke off after death. 
 
In 2005, a broken leg and massive chest wounds led to the conclusion that not only had he fallen off a chariot while hunting but he also was run over by one. 
 
DNA tests from 2010 pointed to malaria. The illness would have made his broken bones even worse.
 
In 2013, a doctor examined CT scans. He stated that the chest wounds actually came from the bite of a hippopotamus. I swear I can't make this up.
 
So here's my scenario. The unfortunate boy-king gets clocked in the head by a jealous rival. It happens while he is out hunting hippos by chariot. He tumbles off and is run over.
 
The hippo charges. Tut manages to get up and run. But his clubfoot, broken leg and malaria slow him down.  The hippo practically bites him in half. Then Tut spontaneously combusts. 
 
Yes, the most recent idea is that Tut spontaneously caught fire in his coffin.  

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Why did it take so long to find King Tut?
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COMMENTS (15)
  • treyh-nor
    1/26/2016 - 12:54 p.m.

    I wonder if they can find his feet

  • hopekennedy-bak
    1/26/2016 - 01:38 p.m.

    How did he really die.Why would a hippo run over king TUT.I think it took so long because he might be a spirit.

  • ellaholick-bak
    1/27/2016 - 09:20 a.m.

    This story is very intresting! The part that was most intresting was the part when the hippo ran over him.

  • ebonys-pay
    1/27/2016 - 11:07 a.m.

    I believe that it took so long because of the different theories that have been presented regarding how he died so people ending up getting confused not knowing how he died or they couldn't tell if it was him or not.

  • jontet-wes
    1/28/2016 - 02:36 p.m.

    Boy king get clocked in. My head by a jealous rival .

  • dallasm-1-hol
    2/02/2016 - 12:54 p.m.

    Good story ,but weird ways on how he dies ,like after getting bonked on the head by a metal rod and he fell off of chariot. He stood up with a broken rib and finally, he got bit by a hippo.How wacky is that ,right?

  • taylora1-hei
    2/03/2016 - 11:17 a.m.

    They found him in 1922 and then they have discoverd many things about him.Even that he caught on fire while in a coffin.

  • deshawnb-hei
    2/03/2016 - 01:32 p.m.

    king tut had to have a DNA test so that the people would have to find out if it is king tut..... so that did and that's why it took so long.

  • angelar-hei
    2/03/2016 - 01:56 p.m.

    It took them so long to find King Tut because he died so long ago. Also that he would be hard to find.

  • daniell1-hei
    2/03/2016 - 02:35 p.m.

    I think it took so long because he died so long ago. That,s why i think so.

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