It was particularly pathetic coming from a man that would quit the army and turn into a vampire to avoid death. And I do get that vampires can die, but still, his whole plan depended on Damon to get Bonnie killed, not himself. Well, at least Elijah is back on the game.
He didn't turn into a vampire to avoid death, he turned because he was in love with Katherine. wanting to be with her he drank her blood. Then stefan, i dont want to say forced, but really tempted damon with blood after they had died to get him to turn. it had nothing to do with avoiding death as he had originally wanted to die