In The Epic of Gilgamesh, how and why was Enkidu killed?

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Enkidu was the savage man, made of clay to be Gilgamesh's equal force and help to temper Gilgamesh's extraordinary power. Enkidu travels with Gilgamesh and they enjoy many adventures together; eventually, they travel to kill the Great Bull of Heaven, which was sent by the Gods to kill Gilgamesh for refusing Ishtar's affections. His actions directly or indirectly result in his death, as he has a dream in which the Gods hold court and sentence him to death, despite his being secondary to Gilgamesh himself:

'O my brother, such a dream I had last night. Anu,...

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