The different games and additional material seem to have conflicting evidence:

In Portal,

she seems totally destroyed but then Still Alive is played.

In Portal 2,

it seems that she was merely shut down but she continuously says that Chell killed her.

Also, in Lab Rats,

Doug says that GLaDOS died.

So did she

die or not?

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    Is GLaDOS really alive? If so, and a backup can be made / restored - is that backup also alive? Finally, is the backup really the same as the original? Oct 8, 2015 at 0:04
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    Did you not listen to the song? Oct 8, 2015 at 0:09
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    @PaulD.Waite The song wasn't completely honest.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Oct 8, 2015 at 0:20
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    @RogueJedi: well, I guess the cake is a lie. Oct 8, 2015 at 10:51
  • Lab Rat is set after Portal but before Portal 2
    – user76830
    Jan 11, 2017 at 19:43

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She was shut down and disconnected from the world (hence she keeps claiming that Chell "murdered her"), but she wasn't completely offline

She had a Black box memory that was replaying the last 2 minutes of her life. Again. And again. And again...

So in other words - no, she wasn't dead. It was much, much worse...

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    How did Rattmann know this?
    – Rogue Jedi
    Oct 8, 2015 at 0:22
  • So, she was dead in the sense which an organism without life signs which is subsequently revived is dead.
    – Politank-Z
    Oct 8, 2015 at 0:33
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    @RogueJedi It seems he doesn't - he thinks that GLaDOS is dead. Or he simply means that she is offline.
    – Yasskier
    Oct 8, 2015 at 0:33
  • @Politank-Z I'd say that it was akin to clinical death, when heart stops beating but unconscious brain still lives on for a short time.
    – Yasskier
    Oct 8, 2015 at 0:35

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