The Sims 4 Causes of Death Guide – How To Kill a Sim

There are a total of ten ways using which a Sim can die in The Sims 4. These 10 ways are categorized into two categories: Natural and Emotional. Before summarizing each cause, here are the two categories:


  • Fire
  • Electrocution
  • Hunger
  • Rocket Ship Crash
  • Old Age
  • Over-exertion
  • Cowplant


  • Embarrassment
  • Anger
  • Hysteria

Despite of all these ways, making a Sim die in the game is pretty hard. Also, note that a dead Sim can be resurrected by completing Bestselling Author aspiration. Below, you’ll find a quick rundown of every cause of death:

Fire in the Sims 4 can move across walls and buildings and anyone caught in the flames will burn to death. To avoid this, make sure to extinguish the flames as soon as possible.

Rocket Ship Crash
This is pretty much the same as death by fire because the person dies by catching the flames. Anyone with a low level in the Rocket Science skill or travelling in a ship with a fruit in the exhaust pipe are confirmed to come across a crash landing.

The handiness skill in the game allows your Sims to repair broken objects in the house.

Any Sim with a low level in the Handiness skill will definitely receive an electrical shock while repairing an electrical item. After receiving the shock, keep on trying to repair that item to say hiya to the reaper.

For this one, you need to switch off the free will of the Sims and keep them without any food or drinks. By doing so, your Sims will receive a ravenous moodlet for 24 hours. After these 24 hours are over, the Sim will die of hunger.

Cowplant can turn into a very lethal plant if it’s starved for more than 12 hours. If a Cowplant is starved for more than 12 hours, it will try and lure a Sim to it.

The Sims who will choose to go near it and accept the bait will be eaten alive by the plant.

Old Age
This is pretty much self-explanatory! You can turn off this cause of death by switching off aging or regularly drinking Potion of Youth.

This is another cause which is somewhat related to the old age. At old age, Sims will have less Stamina. During this age, you need to keep activates that cause exertion in check.

Failed to do so will make your Sim receive a Dangerously Tired moodlet for 4 hours. During this time, do some more work and tada, your Sim will die.

In the Sims 4, Anger has four different states: Angry, Very Angry, Furious, and Enraged. The Sims who are left in the Enraged state for too long will eventually die of anger.

Similar to Anger, Laugher also has four states: Playful, Very Playful, Silly, and Hysterical. The Sims who are left in the Hysterical state for too long will eventually die of laughter.

Lastly, this emotion also has four different levels: Embarrassed, Very Embarrassed, Humiliated, and Mortified. You need to keep the Sim in the Mortified state for too long to kill it.

For more help on The Sims 4, read our Career Tips, House Building Tips and Voodoo Doll Guide.

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