Aye, and Diplomats do not have to be stationed at such posts. They have to agree to go to posts that are danger zones. The flare up was sudden, but I doubt he was unaware of the risks. He was doing a brave thing.
Every gamer runs out of 1-ups eventually. [e digicons]:'([/e] RIP
As an aside, I know in another MMO game I've played, when major players die the whole sector usually assembles their fleets around the diseased's base in tribute for a moment of silence. Does Eve have a similar tradition? It would be cool to watch.