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Husband becomes mummy in TV first

A former taxi driver has become the first person for 3,000 years to be mummified in the same way as the pharaohs.

TV viewers will see Alan Billis turned into a mummy over the space of a few months as his body is preserved using the techniques which the ancient Egyptians used on Tutankhamun.

Mr Billis had been terminally ill with cancer when he volunteered to undergo the procedure, which Dr Stephen Buckley, a chemist and research fellow at York University, has been working to recreate for many years.

The late 61-year-old from Torquay in Devon had the backing of his wife Jan, who said: "I'm the only woman in the country who's got a mummy for a husband."

The process is revealed in a new Channel 4 documentary Mummifying Alan: Egypt's Last Secret to be screened on Monday, October 24.

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