I think this qualifies as an "inherent risk" type incident.
We all cheat the possibility of death or injury every time we ski. I made a HUGE / STUPID mistake at Alta last Monday and lucked out with just a mildly bruised rib. It easily could have been me y'all are talking about and I'm mostly conservative when I'm out there. I made a point of shaking it off and skied the rest of the day - just to keep from losing my nerve.
To balance out my Karma (it's not wise to be too lucky) I sustained a knee wrenching fall the next day which made me quit for the season. I'm good to go for 2015-2016!
I'm not sure if dying is any less terrible if you do it while enjoying something you love, but I hope his family finds some solace in the situation. RIP indeed...