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Do we know how and in which circumstances Gilgamesh died?

According to these answers seems that The Epic of Gilgamesh doesn't mention that, however Wikipedia page mention something about Sumerian poem - The Death of Gilgamesh.

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    Translations of various versions of The Death of Gilgamesh: etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/section1/tr1813.htm – yannis Apr 29 '15 at 12:20
  • If it was common for some to live to 900 years + during that time, 126 years may have seemed young. – user969 Nov 29 '15 at 23:30
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According to The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature, my best guess from reading the translated text provided is he died of old age :

..... hero ...... has lain down and is never to rise again. ...... has lain down and is never to rise again. He of well-proportioned limbs ...... has lain down and is never to rise again. ...... has lain down and is never to rise again. He who ...... wickedness has lain down and is never to rise again. The young man ...... has lain down and is never to rise again. He who was perfect in ...... and feats of strength has lain down and is never to rise again. ......

It doesn't give an specific explanation for his death, but the text is fragmentary at best and several parts are missing.

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    If he died of old age, why the translation say: 'The young man ...... has lain down and is never to rise again.'? – kenorb Apr 29 '15 at 13:10
  • On wiki page we can read 'According to the Sumerian King List, Gilgamesh ruled his city for 126 years.' so I think this suggests that he died of old age. However it's not for sure what kind of lifespan his kind had. – kenorb Apr 29 '15 at 13:17
  • The text of segment B seems to point toward death from old age/disease as well: For six days, he ...... ill. ...... on his skin like resin. Lord Gilgamec ...... ill. Segment A and B both reference his death-bed as well, which at least implies he died in bed. Including those might strengthen the answer, to my mind. – femtoRgon May 9 '15 at 22:36
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    @kenorb Some of the kings mentioned in the list ruled for over 20,000 years. Gilgamesh is an infant in comparison. – yannis Oct 7 '17 at 13:35

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