(NEWS.com.au) — 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.
Advertisement - story continues below