It's not too often you hear of an MMORPG killing off its iconic poster-boy but, then again, City of Heroes is not your average MMORPG. With the death of City of Heroes' Statesman, the City of Heroes team notes that this was their big opportunity to declare that "City of Heroes [had] grown up and left the nest from which it was born." For those that don't know, the Statesman was the character of Jack Emmert, lead designer of the original City of Heroes that launched almost ten years ago (well, eight).
It's obvious, of course, that the team put a lot of thought and effort into killing off this symbolic character, and Paragon Studios' Matt "Positron" Miller has even written a touching eulogy for the Statesman. Farewell, Statesman!