All this talk of the 'intrinsic badness of death' has gotten me feeling sloppy. It's worth remembering that we can't really evaluate 'death' per se. Rather, we should be assessing the life that got cut short, and in particular the opportunity cost of the death: what other value the person would have gotten out of their remaining lifespan if they had not died right then. Death is typically worse for the young than for the old. For non-persons, it is no harm at all.
We talk a lot about 'saving lives', but we shouldn't -- it's really quite misleading. At best, we may save a few decades of someone's life. Death is never banished; merely postponed. "Reducing" the number of deaths in the world is not a coherent goal: we know there will be exactly one for each life, and there's no changing that (modulo immortality research). What we really mean here is that we aim to extend life. It's worth being clear on this, since not all life-extensions are equal, but a rhetorical focus on 'death' occludes this fact.
So, to ease my philosophical conscience, let my clarify my earlier sloppy remarks: death may be 'bad' in the sense that a person's life has intrinsic value, and their death may cause it to be cut short in such a way that the life is less good than it would otherwise have been. (In other circumstances, of course, death may be a blessing -- if it causes one's life as a whole to be better than it otherwise would have been.)