"...it is said he died by leaping into the crater of Etna to prove that he was a god. In the words of the poet:
Great Empedocles, that ardent soulBertrand Russell doesn't tell you who that poet is that he's quoting but it seems the poet is...Bertrand Russell.
Leapt into Etna, and was roasted whole."
As for Empedocles (if the legend's true) his thought might have been, well, hey, it worked for Heracles...