I really do feel for the mans family. Seriously. However, having a rather warped sense of humour, I think it's funny.
My question is why the hell did the people on the ground not notice something was amiss? If I were escorting an elderly and ill person to an aircraft I would certainly notice that they were DEAD! Believe it, or not, it is actually quite easy to tell a dead person from a sleeping person. I've been by the side of far too many friends and family at the moment they died to ever be mistaken.
I suspect that HP is not totally at fault. There must have been someone escorting the poor man to the gate. I cannot imagine the gate agent not asking if the man was alright.
Anyway he died, it would appear, a very peacefull death after having seen his family and knowing that he was loved. Rather unlike a friends brother who died 3 weeks ago from a heart attack. No one was able to reach my friends brother for many years due to his depression. He died on his bathroom floor and wasn't found for a week.
OK, the last was off topic in a way. My base point is that a man died being loved. That is more important than where, or how, he died.
PS : To those that may have a hard time with me finding humour in a death, get over it. I plan to die in such a way that people will laugh about it for years. It's an old family tradition.
The day you stop learning is the day you should die.