It is speculated that Hatshepsut contracted diabetes and died of bone cancer around the age of 50. A carcinogenic substance was found in her tomb, and one theory states that she may have had a skin condition that she alleviated with a toxic salve.
Her mummy was found in 1903 in an undecorated tomb located in the Valley of the Kings. It was her stepson, Thutmose III, who tried to destroy all traces of her reign. Some say it may have been due to a long-term grudge, but it is widely considered to most likely have been to prevent anyone from questioning the legitimacy of his son as his heir. Upon discovering her body, it was noted that she died overweight and had bad teeth.