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  1. He would be a king, unfortunately he died due to a disease
  2. He would have been a king, unfortunately he died due to a disease

Would be or Would have been, and why?

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We don't usually use would be when speaking of a deceased person.

We can say He would be President [now] if he had won the election.

... but we say He would have been King if he had not died before ascending the throne.

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