Recently, when film actor Sushant Singh Rajput passed away, a famous daily reported it using this sentence: "While the police have confirmed that he has died by suicide ...".

Is "died by suicide" correct? If not, what would be the correct preposition?

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    Yes, that's the usual usage. You could say "from", but Google ngram shows "by" is about twice as common as "from". Jun 14, 2020 at 14:22
  • @JackO'Flaherty Thanks. When the cause of death is some disease, we use 'of''. In that context, can 'by' or 'from' be used? For example, "Someone died by/from cancer". Is it correct?
    – user343802
    Jun 14, 2020 at 14:29
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    No, I don't think "died by cancer" is idiomatic. "From cancer"is common, though. Jun 14, 2020 at 14:37
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    Another common expression is died by his own hand, meaning committed suicide. Jun 14, 2020 at 14:39
  • I think "from" is used for a less immediate relationship - such as illness which causes failure of organs and death. But "died by suicide" or "died by gunshot".
    – Stuart F
    May 17, 2023 at 9:35

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A frequency comparison at Google ngram shows "by" is more common than the alternatives in "died by/from/of suicide"

Google ngram "died by/from/of suicide"

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