Learn English – Which one is correct “died of” or “died from”?


I read that died of disease is correct in context of disease and died from is correct in context of accident. but I read in news that died from is also used in context of disease for instance:

Happy Days actress Erin Moran believed to have ‘died from stage 4 cancer’ according to police statement.

Which one is correct ?

"Is died from cholera" correct sentence?

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Best Answer

There's a physics joke that goes "it's not the fall that kills you; it's the sudden stop at the end". Similarly, if you fell twenty stories, we might say that you died from falling, but you died of massive trauma and bloodloss (caused by the fall).

There isn't a hard and fast rule about this, especially since cause and effect are often intertwined in medicine. Broadly speaking, you die of a direct cause; you die from an indirect cause. With cancer or cholera, which are both massive and systemic illnesses, both died of cancer or died from cancer would probably be acceptable to an English speaker.

There's a third common preposition here which is more metaphorical: when someone dies by the sword, for example, we don't literally mean that they died from a sword to the heart. Rather we mean that they were prone to violence, and themselves died violently.

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