King Tut may have died from broken leg

Nov. 27, 2006 at 12:13 AM

LUXOR, Egypt, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The real cause of the death of Tutankhamen, or King Tut, may have been a broken, infected leg, researchers in Egypt have found.

The Times of London reported that the theory may help solve one of archeology's most perplexing mysteries.

Until this discovery, a common theory was that King Tut had been murdered by Aye, his closest adviser, who succeeded him on the throne. This theory was supported by X-rays from the 1960s showing a fractured skull.

The Times said a detailed examination of the mummy will be published this week, suggesting the young king died not of a blow to the head but of a badly infected break in the leg.

The examination suggests the skull fracture may have occurred when King Tut's grave was discovered 83 years ago.

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