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King Tutankhamun was not murdered

A computerised 3D scan of the body of Egypt's most famous pharaoh Tutankhamun has shown he was not murdered.

For many years experts have been trying to work out how the boy king died aged 19, with some people suspecting he had been hit over the back of the head.

But Egyptian and European scientists said they found no evidence of a head injury, though some researchers think he could have died from a broken leg.

It's possible such a leg wound could have got infected.

The team cannot agree if this lead to King Tut's death, although all the researchers agree he was not murdered.

King Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered by archaeologists 83 years ago in 1922.

It contained his body along with 5000 relics. The pharaoh is thought he died in 1352 BC.

Murder rumours

Rumours Tutankhamun was murdered started when an x-ray of his body in 1968 found he had a piece of bone in his skull.

But experts now say his skull could have been damaged during the embalming process - treating the body with preservatives before placing it in a tomb.

Death mask of Tutankhamun
The man who organised the scan has said Tutankhamun's ancient remains should now be left alone and the case should be closed.

"We don't know how the king died, but we are now sure that it was not murder. Maybe he died on his own," said Zahi Hawass, chairman of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities.

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