Throughout the years, scientists have been completely puzzled by the exact death of King Tut. Many researchers have provided different theories as to why and what killed King Tut such as a coup de e'tat, gangrene, or a genetic disorder that took him at an early age. However, Egytology professor, Dr. Benson Harer, has laid out another theory on the table: a hippo death. Dr. Harer, concludes that King Tut was inflicted by a lethal hippo bite. Evidence of severed ribs, and his missing chest cavity and heart tipped off Harer. Usually, leaders as prestigious as King Tut would have his heart and chest inside of him during the embalming process which followed the strict mummification code, but Tut did not. Dr. Benson even says that King Tut's priests did not tell the public of his actual death to not let the people lose faith in the hierarchy. The Hippo was a praised deity and portrayed gods and goddesses from above. This type of "death by hippo" would force the people to think that the King was unfit for the throne and the gods despised him, leading to a panicked society.
Although Benson's idea maybe completely outrageous, death by hippos in Africa today are seen everywhere. Hunting for hippos was a highly accepted hunt for King Tut as well as people today which is why it may not seem like such an anomally for King Tut to have been killed by a hippo.
Michelle T Period 7