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Terminally Ill Man Mummified for TV Show 'Mummifying Alan'

| by Michael Allen

A man who died of a terminal illness has been mummified for a new reality show, 'Mummifying Alan,' set to air on the British TV network Channel 4. The man, whose identity will be withheld until next week when his family will explain his decision to be part of the show, had an interest in preservation techniques used in ancient Egyptian times.

The program, airing on Mon., Oct. 24, features a team of scientists performing the mummification, a complicated technique used by ancient Egyptians to mummify Tutankhamun, also known as King Tut, whose body was mummified during Egypt's 18th Dynasty.

In 2010, Channel 4 was in a storm of controversy after advertising for a terminally-ill volunteer to take part in the show: 'We are currently keen to talk to someone who, faced with the knowledge of their own terminal illness and all that it entails, would nonetheless consider undergoing the process of an ancient Egyptian embalming."

Channel 4 did not pay the man or his family, but did cover the total cost of the process, reports The Daily Mail.

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