Forensic scientists have solved one of the world’s most intriguing mysteries, that of how Egypt’s King Tutankhamun died.
DNA testing and CT scans on the 3,300-year-old mummy have put paid to the theory he was murdered. In fact the boy king died from complications of a broken leg along with something else.
Zahi Hawass of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities revealed all: “In 2005 I found out that he had a deformity – he had a fracture of his left leg. Then an accident happened to him a few hours before he died. This is how King Tut died, severe malaria. We actually can say for the first time that we revealed the mystery of the family of the Golden Boy – King Tut.”
New tests paint a picture of a frail boy who suffered from a cleft palate and whose immune system was weakened by congenital diseases. It appears his parents were most likely brother and sister – members of the Egyptian 18th dynasty were often closely inbred.
Although a minor ruler, Tutankhamun has captivated the public since the 1922 discovery of his tomb, which was filled with jewels and artefacts including the now famous golden funeral mask.