In 1991, a couple of German tourists discovered Otzi the Ice Man, a stunningly well-preserved "natural mummy," while on a walk in the Otztal Alps. He lived around 3300 B.C.E., and while his naturally preserved state is remarkable enough, the string of deaths involving those who studied Otzi are even more intriguing.
One of the German tourists who found Otzi, Helmut Simon, died in a "freak blizzard" (while walking in the same area Otzi was found, no less). Rainer Henn, lead investigator of Otzi's forensic team, died in a car crash on the way to a lecture about, you guessed it, Otzi. Rainer Hoelzl, the man who filmed the mummy's removal from its icy grave, died of a brain tumor.
Those are just three of the deaths associated with Otzi the Ice Man, all within a relatively short number of years.
There are others.
The seventh person connected to the discovery of a prehistoric man found in the Alps has died, adding to the legend of a curse behind the ancient warrior.
That a 63-year-old man should die of natural causes would normally raise few eyebrows. But when that man was a scientist connected to the discovery of a 5,300-year-old frozen corpse known as Otzi the Iceman -- and the seventh such person to die within a year -- talk about a curse is inevitable.
US-born molecular archaeologist Tom Loy was found dead in his Brisbane home two weeks ago as he was finalizing a book about Otzi, according to The Australian newspaper.
The director of the University of Queensland's archaeological sciences laboratories had suffered from a blood-related condition for about 12 years, members of his family told the paper. The condition was diagnosed shortly after he became involved with the Iceman.