I've had this happen twice to me on Breakdown playthroughs. The first time was on an unmodded version of the game on Breakdown level 12. I had Erik Tan run off an go missing somewhere WELL inside the safe zone of my outposts, heck it was a grenade's throw from my home base. I was about to go grab him when something came up irl. I quit the game. when I log back on in about 30 minutes he's dead. Same thing happened in another (modded) playthrough of breakdown. The car hero goes missing at the very start of a new breakdown stage. Im about to go get him, rl pops up. log off. log back on, and he's dead. I'm fine with the perma death system if I'm the one stupid enough to get my heroes killed. but having the game killing off my max-level heroes while I have no control over the system feels really retarded to me.