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Are King Tut’s moobs a clue to his early death?

King Tutankhamun holding a staff and flail

King Tutankhamun holding a staff and flail (Photo credits:

HIS demise has variously been blamed on murder, leprosy, a snake bite or a fall from a chariot.

Now a new theory about the death of Tutankhamun has been put forward by a British scientist who believes that the young pharaoh’s ‘man boobs’ may hold the key.

Since Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered in 1922, the cause of his death has been the subject of intense debate. Hutan Ashrafian, lecturer in general surgery at Imperial College London, says that several statues of Tutankhamun – who died aged 18 or 19 – reveal ‘prominent’ gynecomastia, the medical term for man boobs, which is rare in depictions from the period.

He thinks that historians have missed evidence that the boy king of Egypt, who died mysteriously 3,000 years ago, may have had a type of epilepsy that lay behind his ‘feminised physique’ and could have caused him to die in a fall – and his enlarged breasts are the key.

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