That`s exactly why I`m worried, admittedly not massively so but people can change their minds and they are now under EA`s thumb too so they might not be calling all the shots. I`m sure it will still be an awesome game either way it goes.
I have 8 different characters from Mass Effect that I want to continue on with. The idea, remote as it may be that Shepherd is dead may be slightly more worrying for me (Unless everyone else played it through that many times) than alot of other players.
I really don't think that you have much to worry about, i'm sure that bioware would be aware of the fallout among the fans if they were actually to kill Shepard. I agree with the other poster's idea when they said that it is probably some ploy by the council or the alliance to make it easier for shepard to travel around, as I am sure that he is quite famous by now.
Also i have 7 different characters going on, so like you i would be very angry if they were to kill him :tongue: