How did King Tut die?
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?"
Short answer? Horribly. 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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  • kaylah1-vau
    2/01/2016 - 04:02 p.m.

    It took about seven years to find King Tut because his tomb was well hidden in the Valley Of the Kings to make it so that grave robbers could not get in. Also, the tomb was not encased in a pyramid, it was encased in a hill. That is why it took so long to find King Tut.

  • bens-vau
    2/01/2016 - 05:53 p.m.

    I think that we should do this next week instead of the article of the week.

  • maggiem-vau
    2/01/2016 - 07:55 p.m.

    It took so long to find King Tut because King Tut was buried in the Valley of the Kings which was difficult to find. Fortunately his tomb, unlike numerous other kings' tombs, was not robbed which is the reason why we have all this information on him. Also, lots of people have different theories on how he died, including this author, so in my opinion this article is just another theory on how the young King Tut died.

  • andrewa-ver
    2/02/2016 - 08:34 a.m.

    I think it took so long because of the body catching on fire in the coffin. But they is also possibly because of the hippo carrying him off to somewhere or because we didn't know exactly where he was buried.

  • karinag-vau
    2/02/2016 - 09:33 a.m.

    It took so long to find King Tut because the people that buried him did not want anyone especially robbers to find him and steal all the treasures that were buried with him.

  • noaha-vau
    2/02/2016 - 05:08 p.m.

    I think this was a interesting article but I did not understand the part about the fire.

  • rileys-vau
    2/02/2016 - 07:35 p.m.

    It took so long for them to find King Tut because no one know where he was buried. It is interesting to read about all the theories how King Tut died.

  • miaa-vau
    2/02/2016 - 08:19 p.m.

    I think it took so long to find King Tut because he was buried in a place where other kings were not. He was buried there so his grave would not get robbed. THis was a good article, but if Tut really got bit by a hippo that is supper harsh.

  • reaganm-vau
    2/02/2016 - 09:32 p.m.

    I never knew there were so many hypothesis´ to how King Tut died. I thought he had just died in a chariot accident. Apparently, it was more gruesome than that. I don´t believe that ALL of this happened because they are all very outlandish reasons. For example, he caught fire in the coffin, wouldn´t his body have been reduced to ashes?

  • aubreyh-vau
    2/03/2016 - 08:31 a.m.

    I think this article was very interesting. I learned more about King Tut than I already knew. I had NO idea that he could of been run over by a chariot or murdered!

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