And I'll even go as far as to say I think there are people out there who play just plain better as well... better sound, better technique, better writing...When it comes to music raw skill is very low on my list of things to rate an artist by. It doesnt matter if you can paint a picture that looks exactly like a photograph, because anyone can use a camera. Its what you bring to the peice yourself that truly matters.
Not that I'm looking to get into a debate here or anything, but...
Lots of people beat Hendrix. Lots. He was very creative and innovated the craft, but he was not the most skilled player to ever walk the planet.
As Vacc said, early death really does increase the reputation of any musician. Hence, Cliff Burton, Randy Rhoads, etc.
And yes, Vacc, it does seem wrong that the 4horsemen symbol is an avatar choice. Very wrong.