Princess Zelda is in tears, a kingdom mourns, but at least we can rest easy knowing that Link died fighting the good fight, trying to save the world from unfathomable evil.
I've suffered a similar fate myself during my travels in Link's shoes. I can't help it. If you put something in a video game and make it attackable, I am going to attack it, consequences be damned.
Sometimes it works out well. Did you know the MMO Rift lets you collect the tears of the helpless woodland creatures you slay?
Other times things just don't work out. Just don't tell Zelda. She'd be crushed.