yes, there was a recent death on Four Peaks, but i do not know the details of whether it was exhaustion, or a fall or..
the "scree" chute is easier than it looks from the bottom. better you pay attention to your footing, but there are no real hazards outside of a short, class 5 climb near the top. ive done it in 3' of snow.. ;)
if you get a chance, and the weather co-operates, you should definately climb up the Battleship mountain in the Superstitions. from the Boulder Canyon t/h you afford great views, great hike. and then stop in AJ at the Tres Banderas restaraunt for a taste of some of the 105 tequilas and some true, gritty sonoran grub.