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Lord Carnarvon's death was followed by the deaths of AC Mace and Richard Bethell who had been Howard Carter's assistants. Professor La Fleur, another archeologist died on the night he entered the tomb. George Gould, an American multi-millionaire contracted fever on the very same day he entered the tomb and died two days later.
Joel Woolf, a British industrialist who was one of the first visitors to see the tomb fell into a coma and died on his way back to Britain.
Then in 1966, it was decided to hold an exhibition of some of the treasures of Tutankhamun in Paris. The director in charge of the exhibition dreamt that there would be danger if the treasures left Egypt. After a meeting to finalize the arrangements the following day, he was knocked down and killed by a car.
His successor Dr. Gamal Mehrez paid no heed to the curse and went on organizing the exhibition. But as the mask of Tutankhamun was taken to the airport, Dr. Mehrez dropped down dead!
Coincidence or curse? This question has puzzled many for a number of years. Howard Cater, one of the original excavators, lived a completely normal life and died a normal death without the ill effects of the curse. Many people have tried to come forward with scientific explanations such as there were radioactive rocks present in the tomb.
Another theory put forward was that there was a form of bacteria present in the tomb, which infected some of the workers and visitors. The man who put forward this theory however died soon afterwards!
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