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It is generally accepted that he is dead, although in Star Fox 64, during the "complete" ending, he appears and saves Fox & the others from a fiery death. Afterwards, he disappears, implying that Fox was simply visited and assisted by a ghost. James McCloud also has a brief cameo in Star Fox: Assault, though this is quickly revealed to be a mind game created by the Aparoid queen.
James McCloud is also a character in F-Zero GX. He is obviously inspired by the Star Fox character, and races in a craft that resembles an Arwing. In F-Zero GX, he wears exactly the same clothes as the Star Fox character, but is human, with a Fox Ear-like hairstyle. His character bio states that he leads a space combat team known as the "Galaxy Dogs" and races to support his wife and son.