The fall of Lance Armstrong will be a remarkable example of how death can change is to the worse.
Most people become more humble when they face death, e.g. with an accident or due to a fatal disease.
Others can walk into the path of what ancient Greeks called ὕβρις (hybris). They believe that they can win everything and that they should do anything towards that goal.
And hybris is awalys punished harshly by the gods…