Oh, my. Kirk's death had all the emotional impact of me losing my favorite dish rag. It was a meaningless death in a bad story.For the fictional Captains, I put Kirk at #1, but only because he got a death scene that was not in an alternate universe or reversed by time travel or any other hooey.
But I still place him as the #1 captain. Picard is a close 2nd, but Kirk wasn't as smug as Picard so that helps.