I am sorry Chris there is nothing worthy about Kirk's death. Icons need to go out saving something huge. Just look at how Superman was killed, it was a blaze of glory and in a way no one else could. Kirk deserved the same treatment. He is an icon of the highest order. Now, I understand that this is all about perspective so there may not be a "right answer" here, but from my point of view, Kirk got the shaft. It would have been so much sweeter if he had died saving the universe instead of a planet and a people that we have never heard of. Now this does not make these people irrelevant or less deserving of needing to be saved, but I think that the story to kill off Kirk needed to be grander.