to be afraid (of snakes): to fear, to be scared (of snakes)
I'm afraid of spiders.
(I'm) afraid (that he is very sick): (I'm) sad, sorry, concerned, worried (that he is very sick)
I'm afraid to say that (your plant is dead): I am sad to have to tell you that (your plant is dead), I regret to have to inform you that (your plant is dead)
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