The Journal of American Medicine published the results of a study led by top Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass. Archaeologists and researchers entered the tomb of the "Valley of the Kings" to study Tutankhamon (better known as "King Tut") who died at the age of 19 more than more than 3,000 years ago. King Tut's lineage and death in 1324 B.C. was shrouded in mystery until now.
Scientists determined, through extensive research and DNA tests from his mummified remains, that a "combination of malaria and bone abnormalities" contributed to King Tut's death. Researchers concluded: "These results suggest avascular bone necrosis in conjunction with the malarial infection as the most likely cause of death in Tutankhamun. Walking impairment and malarial disease sustained by Tutankhamun is supported by the discovery of canes and an afterlife pharmacy in his tomb,"
The study also revealed more detail regarding the most powerful family dynasties of ancient Egypt. King Tut was the leader of the 18th dynasty of the New Kingdom, descending from royalty that ruled between 1550 and 1295 B.C. King Tut's parents and grandmother were determined and scientists found ten other mummies from Tut's tomb. Only three of the mummies were identified, including Tut's father, Akhenaten, his mother, Nefertiti, and Tiye, Tut's paternal grandmother.