Did King Tut die of an accident, or was he murdered? Did he die of a simple broken leg?

The latest CT scans of his mummy shows that the young king had a fracture of his upper leg probably shortly before he died.

Earlier conspiracy theories   based on X ray findings of a skull fracture suggested Tut may have been done in by assassins, perhaps after a fake “accident”. Bob Brier , in books and TV shows, has popularized this theory. However, more recent CT scans suggest the skull fracture was “ante mortum”, i.e. after his death, perhaps when those discovering the tomb removed the head to remove the mummy from his casket.

However, the new findings are also suspicious. You see, young healthy people don’t break their femur (large bone in the upper leg) except in falls or car wrecks. The bone is just too strong to break easily. The new scenario would be a chariot accident, where the young king was thrown from his chariot while racing. The leg could have broken when it hit the front of the chariot while he was ejected, or could have occurred when his body hit the ground.

There is a debate whether or not he died of infection from the fracture, but since one loses massive amounts of blood into the leg muscles with such fractures, and untreated shock was a major cause of death in the past. So, one could suggest the fracture alone would be all that was needed to end the king’s life.

So did he die from a racing accident, or did someone “help” the accident occur?

Like the death of Princess Diana, conspiracy theories abound. And, unlike Diana’s driver, we don’t have Tut’s blood alcohol level at the time of the accident.
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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines with her husband and extended family. Her webpage is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket

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