Tut-ankh-amon had weak legs and died from malaria. -Tells an article at nrk.no (Norwegian TV) 17th of February 2010. There have been different theories about whether Farao Tutankamon died from illness or if someone killed him. NRK tells on their webpage about research from an Egyptian and German team. They found out that Farao died from malaria in the year 1344 b.c, probably only 19 years old.