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, "How did King Tut die?"
 
The short answer is horribly, but okay, you might want more details than that.
 
Since his discovery in 1922, there have been numerous theories, some of which have been pretty outlandish.   
 
X-rays conducted in the 1960s revealed a fragment of bone in his brain cavity, possible evidence of murder by bonk on the head, but closer examination 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 point straight to malaria, which would have made his broken bones even worse.
 
And in 2013, a doctor examined CT scans and stated that the chest wounds actually came from the bite of - I swear I can't make this up - a hippopotamus.
 
So here's MY scenario:  The unfortunate boy-king gets clocked in the head by a jealous rival while out hunting hippos by chariot.  He tumbles off and is run over.
 
The hippo charges, and Tut manages to get up and run, but his club foot, broken leg and malaria slow him down.  The hippo practically bites him in half...and then Tut spontaneously combusts. 
 
Yes, the most recent speculation 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 (8)
  • nathanlough-bak
    1/26/2016 - 02:43 p.m.

    wow so he got bitten by a hippo,run over by his own chariot and combusted, wow!, just wow

  • samuels-pay
    1/27/2016 - 11:09 a.m.

    I think its crazy that even with the amazing advances in science we have, we still cant find out how king tut died.

  • ruthiannahs-pay
    1/27/2016 - 12:24 p.m.

    It probably took so long first of all because it was forever ago. Also mainly because we were not as scientifically advanced so we did not have the tools to look more into it.

  • justined-mea
    1/29/2016 - 01:25 p.m.

    It took so long to find king tut because he was attacked by a jealous rival, fall off the chariot and gets bitten by a hippo and after that he is also ran over by a chariot. He also had a broken leg and diseases.

  • meganm-lam
    2/03/2016 - 09:43 a.m.

    It may have taken a long time to find King Tut as the Egyptians made their tombs/pyramids filled with mazes, tunnels, and caverns to protect the bodies from tomb robbers.

  • tayces-lam
    2/03/2016 - 10:50 a.m.

    I think that he was definitely injured from a chariot, but definitely not by a hippo. How does one even "hippo hunt" in the first place? Their skin is too tough.
    It's not even worth thinking about combustion. That's too much.

  • loreec-lam
    2/03/2016 - 01:28 p.m.

    It's interesting how it took so long for us to come up with a reasonable conclusion as to how King Tut died. (A hippo bite isn't really "reasonable", but I mean, it matches the evidence.) It's probably because the evidence is so old.
    But that description of his death was a wild ride from start to finish.

  • rachelc1-lam
    3/11/2016 - 10:42 a.m.

    I remember going to an exhibit about him as a little kid and reading he had died of a fall off of a chariot and it is interesting to hear that he had died of other causes than what I had thought all of my life.

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