This week has been really harsh. Two people who are close to legendary (at least to my family) have retired.
Andre Agassi retired after showing what an absurd level of determination, skill, and modern medicine can do. Most role models and legends are engineered illusions. Agassi is one of the rare people who doesn't need the help of illusions.
Steve Irwin approached his retirement more aggressively. He was also one of the rare people that didn't need any illusions to become a legend. Holding him up as a role model is only suggested for people with quick reflexes.