, Harlequin wrote

Well, we didn't actually see Darth Sidious die, he was just thrown over an edge...

Just before the Death Star was blown up. Even the Sith would struggle to survive both those things. Which is a shame because Ian McDiarmid was one of the greatest things about episodes 1-3 and number 6. Would we be happy if he'd cloned himself. Would seem like a cop out to me.