Whenever I see information about someone's recent death (usually well known, if this makes a difference), the expression used is
John Doe has died.
Why is this tense used? What about the alternatives
- John Doe died.
- John Doe is dead.
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Because when famous people die, like John McCain, unless they say the day or hour or both, it just means it happened. If you say X died, you would have to say more.
By just saying: x has died, that is enough for a headline.
Otherwise, you would have to say: X died this morning in blah blah blah, for example.