Eriks story is certainly interesting - it reflects that ol' chestnut about an archer who was watching a mouse feeding. Suddenly an owl pounced on the mouse and killed it. He went to draw his bow and shoot the owl, only to realise there was a tiger behind him, waiting for that moment when he would be distracted.
I think people would hope for an 'honourable' death most times. But since it is the last thing you do, it really isn't going to matter to me afterwards how I die.