What is the difference in meaning when of/from are used:
- He died of cancer
- He died from electrocution
Both are correct sentences; are of and from interchangeable?
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Of X leans towards associating the death with A) something that was going on for a long time or B) a category of some sort, whereas from X leans towards saying X was the direct cause of death and didn't necessarily last for months or years.
For example, if you say He died of electrocution, it sounds like you're keeping track of causes of deaths for a number of people, or filling out a form where that is done, but He died from electrocution seems like it's directly intended to answer the question "How did he die?".