We all know the story, he fell 78 feet and went chest first into the top rope, dying some minutes later. His official cause of death was cited as internal bleeding from blunt trauma to the chest. I'm just thinking what his odds would have been if he landed better, it's undeniable that hitting the ropes was the worst thing that could happen aside from hitting the turnbuckle, the full force of the impact being absorbed by his chest cavity. I'm thinking if he landed more or less flat on his back, it's possible he could have survived with serious injury and possibly even brain damage. Keeping in mind that though the ring isn't soft, it is designed to absorb a significant degree of the impact.