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Who was King Tut?

Updated on March 30, 2011
A human body after 3,300 yrs.
A human body after 3,300 yrs.

King Tut (Tutankhamun) was a boy of 10 years in 1333 B.C. and ruled until age 19 when he died. Recent DNA tests provide several surprises:

1. He was a product of incest, his father and mother were brother and sister. He married his half sister.

2. He died from complications and infection stemming from a broken leg, which allowed malaria to develop and worsen.

3. He had a cleft palate and club foot. He suffered from several congential diseases that weakened his immune system.

4. Tut was not a healthy person, but frail, requiring a cane to walk. He also suffered from Kohler's disease, which inhibits blood supply to healthy bones in the foot.

5. His father, Akhenaten, also had a cleft foot, as did his grandfather.

King Tut, the teenage King died in January, 1343 B.C. Originally, it was thought that he had been murdered by a close friend, but advances in science have since dispelled this theory. Although he was buried centuries ago, his tomb and remains were only found in 1922 after a four day search. The tomb was in near perfect condition as it was left.

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    • angela_michelle profile image

      Angela Michelle Schultz 7 years ago from United States

      He also had scoliosis. Very interesting hub!

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      perrya 7 years ago

      Perhaps malaria was present first, that weakened the bones. The broken leg resulted in various infections which caused his already frail state to worsen even more. The hole in his head was ascertained to have occurred after his death.

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      James Agbogun 7 years ago

      It must be clear that the presence of Plasmodium in the Blood of an individual do not automatically confer Malaria or Death. People who live in Malaria pron-ed regions usually have the parasite in most parts of their lives. If the recent DNA analyses revealed that King Tut died of Malaria, then what happens to the former claim that tend to depict that he had a broken head and leg?