Die in one’s boots / Die with one’s boots on

Morrer lutando, como no cinema e em filmes de bang-bang! Os heróis desses filmes sempre dizem que preferem morrer lutando do que desistir.

Fig. to go down fighting; to die in some fashion other than in bed; to die fighting. (Popularized by western movies. Heroes and villains of these movies said they preferred death in a gunfight to showing cowardice or giving up.)
Example:
I won’t let him get me. I’ll die in my boots. a gunfight to showing cowardice or giving up.) I won’t let him get me. I’ll die in my boots.
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