What killed Tutankhamun?

Ever since Howard Carter found Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of Kings in 1922, Egyptologists have been striving to establish how the iconic Egyptian pharaoh met his end. The 'boy-king' is believed to have died between the ages of 17 and 19 – but the cause of his death is currently unknown. Was he murdered? Did he succumb to a pre-existing health condition? Or was he a victim of "in-breeding in the royal family"? Chris Naunton explores some of the most popular theories...

Archaeologist Howard Carter opens the coffin of Tutankhamun. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/Mansell/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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