With apologies to Chris Rock, who used similar words about Tupac in a stand-up routine years ago:
Osama Bin Laden was not assassinated.
John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated.
Benazir Bhutto was assassinated.
That al-quaeda bastard was shot.
Seriously, do we say that John Dillinger was assassinated? Or Bonnie and Clyde?