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How old was King Tut when he died?

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King Tutankhamen, popularly known as "King Tut," died when he was around 19 years old. At the time of his death, he had ruled over Egypt as pharaoh for 10 years.

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No one is certain of the exact cause of King Tutankhamen's death, but scholars know that the young royal was physically frail. In addition to a club foot, he had an infection in his left leg, which was broken, and suffered multiple bouts of malaria infection. Since pharaohs tended to marry their family members, genetic problems caused by inbreeding may have contributed to his early death. Though scholars initially believed that a hole in the back of his skull was evidence of foul play, research in 2005 indicates that embalmers made the hole during mummification.

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    What are some facts about King Tut for kids?

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    King Tut is the popular name of Tutankhamun, an Egyptian pharaoh who reigned from approximately 1332 BC to 1323 B.C. King Tut became a worldwide phenomenon in the 1920s when his almost perfectly intact tomb was discovered by Egyptologist Howard Carter. The tomb housed Tutankhamun’s well-preserved, mummified body as well as extraordinary riches and funerary objects. The discovery led to worldwide surge of interest in ancient Egypt.

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