I sent a video of people swimming in flood waters to my Spanish speaking language learning partner, to which she responded
No le tienen miedo a la muerte.
The le in this sentence confused me, so I asked
Does "le" mean "la muerte"?
The way I was thinking of it was that "le" meant "it" but because it's not clear what "it" is we clarified by adding "la muerte"
But she responded
No, "le" se refiere a ellos
But I'm still confused.
UPDATE: Would it be fine to just say
No tienen miedo a la muerte