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Study: King Tut Died From Malaria, Broken Leg

A new study by Egyptian scientists says King Tutankhamun, more commonly known as King Tut, most likely died from a combination of malaria and bone abnormalities.

The team, led by the Supreme Council of Antiquities' head Zahi Hawass, conducted new CAT scans and DNA tests on 11 royal mummies, including King Tut. Their findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, revealed that the pharaoh had isolated DNA of the malaria parasite and a broken leg.

The study also identified two mummies found in the tomb with King Tut as his father, King Akhenaten and his grandmother, Tiye. A third mummy was also thought to be King Tut's unidentified mother.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.