Latest Tests Reveal King Tut Died of Malaria
The famous King Tutankhamun, more popularly known as King Tut of ancient Egypt, probably died of malaria among other contributing factors.
Genetic and radiological testings conducted between 2007 and 2009 show that the teenage boy ruler was weakened by congenital illnesses. He died of brain malaria that was aggravated by complications of a broken leg.
Results also show that he has a cleft palate and suffered from Kohler disease – a non-fatal collapsing of foot bones due to lack of blood. He has a mild clubfoot in his left foot suggesting that he probably have limped while walking during his lifetime.
With such results, earlier speculations the he was murdered are now more easily ruled out. The debate that he was killed fueled the young king’s mysterious persona and popularity.
However, despite all those health problems, King Tut performed what most royals need to do, marry and have children who will inherit the throne. Throughout his teen years he was able to sire two daughters with his wife. Both however, died as fetuses.
The very high interest with regards to King Tut took a high note when his tomb was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter in the Valley of the Kings. The tomb was completely intact — the most complete ancient Egyptian royal tomb ever found. Found inside were the king’s daughters’ fetuses and about 130 canes and staves that he might have used while walking, which goes well with the theory that he limped.