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According to Zahi Hawass, the former secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Cairo, Hatshepsut died of bone cancer that had metastasized throughout her body. However, some scientists are still skeptical because of doubts about her mummy.

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Hatshepsut was a powerful queen of ancient Egypt who ruled in the 15th century B.C. However, when she died, her son went on a determined campaign to eradicate her memory from Egypt, destroying inscriptions, monuments and documents that mentioned her. When archaeologists found her tomb, it was looted and empty, but they did find a mummy in the tomb of Sitre In, a wet nurse. However, according to Reuters, that mummy is missing a tooth that matches a tooth known to belong to Hatshepsut, and DNA evidence indicates a connection with Egypt's pharaonic line. If this mummy is hers, Hatshepsut also suffered from diabetes, obesity and bad teeth.

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