Hello Everybody,

I came across a phrase which goes like this : "Early speculation about the death of late Prince Diana....".

The prefix "late" means the following person has dead. Then, why use the word "late" in the above sentence when the word "death" has been used. "death" itself means the person referred has dead.

I bet it as: "...about the death of Prince Diana...."


You are right.

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Yes, it looks a little redundant...
Maybe with the use of "late", it's understated she's been dead for some time?
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I got the meaning from Cambridge dictionary:

late (DEAD) [Show phonetics]
adjective [before noun]
describes someone who has died, especially recently:
She gave her late husband's clothes to charity.

But here, the speculation is about the circumstances of her death, so you can't do without the word "death".
Maybe adding "late" is not necessary; but, well, she's deceased...
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Thanks Pieanne.
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Can 'late' be prefixed before any person who has dead or just it should be used only when he has dead 'very recently'?

Eg. Late Mr. Ashok : Does it mean Ashok has dead only recently or at any time.

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.I think you add "late" when the death is not public knowledge. Everybody knows Princess D. IS dead, so I find it a bit redundant to add "late".
If I were talking about my aunt, say, I wouldn't expect you to know she's dead, so I'd say "my late aunt".
But I don't think there's a rule that prevents you from adding "late" before the name of a person who's dead.
On the other hand, addind "late" makes it sound more ceremonial.
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