great point tamidala. i really feel that padme was kind of given the shaft in rots. she was built up to be a strong female character through tpm & aotc balls to the walls kind of girl, but it seems that once she got pregnant she became this very weak character with no real personality at all. she was not even the same person to me. but this is supposed to be a discussion about vader's death and it would seem to be a number of things: lightning bolts pretty much straight to the head might make you go a little numb. lightning shorting out the numerous things that keep anakin "normal." i've started reading some of the new book i think it's called the rise of vader, and it goes into a pretty good description of what makes vader run. also with the probable short in his breather anankin can breath for a short while on his own and that in itself probably wore him out physically. although if you really think about it i think that the whole losing the will to live thing is better suited to anakin, finally realizing how wrong he was and how much it's cost him and how much guilt he must have carried in the few short moments he had left. if i were him and came to that realization i pretty sure i wouldn't want to live another second either.