King Tut chariot race was no fun game for the famous pharaoh, as King Tut may have really died in a fall during a deadly race, a discovery from a new virtual autopsy has found. Although the circumstances surrounding King Tut’s death have been mostly a mystery in the past, the real question of the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s death may have been revealed due to injuries and a burned mummy, Yahoo! News shares this Monday, Nov. 4.
The King Tut chariot race may have indeed been the culprit of the 18 to possibly 19-year-old pharaoh’s death that occurred over 3,000 years ago. However, some questions remain: How did he die? Was it an accident, a medical problem, or was King Tut even killed?
The most likely answer, according to a virtual autopsy? The issue was a chariot race that took a turn for the worse. Two new findings have been made, thanks to the latest evidence.
It seems the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen probably died in a deadly fall after being catapulted from his chariot during a race. The autopsy confirmed that with his ribs and pelvis shattered, including a severely crushed heart, the blunt force drama was the probable cause of death. These wounds were viewed as similar to those of someone who had been smashed in a sudden blow, added the report.
The second shocking finding in the King Tut chariot race case was that via the Egyptian balming method and botched mummification process, the pharaoh’s body was “burned” post-burial, leading the late king’s flesh to spontaneously combust.
“Researchers discovered that embalming oils combined with oxygen and linen caused a chemical reaction which "cooked" the king's body at temperatures of more than 200C. Dr. Chris Naunton said: "The charring and possibility that a botched mummification led the body spontaneously combusting shortly after burial was entirely unexpected, something of a revelation."