267King Herod Death Mystery Solved
- Jan 28, 2002King Herod Death Mystery SolvedBy Irene Brown, Discovery NewsJan. 25 � The life of Herod the Great was juicy enough for the raciest tabloid: 10 times married; pal of Marc Anthony's and other celebs; vindictive father who offed three of his children; paranoid king who ordered 14,000 baby Jewish boys killed in a failed attempt to destroy the infant Jesus.But it is death of the king of ancient Palestine that left historians and scholars scratching their heads in wonder. Herod, who died 2,006 years ago, suffered from a bizarre and particularly repugnant array of afflictions that included a decaying stomach, putrid breath, chronic diarrhea and gangrene of the genitals.The medical mystery, however, appears to be over. King Herod apparently died from long-term kidney disease with complications from a rare but still present illness called Fournier's gangrene, said Jan Hirschmann, a professor of medicine at the University of Washington who spent months investigating Herod's death as part of a clinical pathology program sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs.To read complete story please visit:
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