It's a fair question, for sure.
The answer is "No, not dead yet!" in fact, we testers thought the most recent Release Candidate was there, but the MCV guys added a few last minute UI changes in response to our pleadings and there were a couple of minor regressions that needed to be fixed. That meant that we missed the hoped-for release last week. This is the plague of software development, and even though I'm in the biz and understand what they are going through, I am also an outspoken critic of MCV's and Vera's problems.
That being said, I'm still a Vera user and still believe Vera has a bright future. The stability and reliability improvements in the next release are significant. And the release is imminent.
Am I satisfied with Vera's feature set and the UI? Not by a long shot! Am I happy with the speed of the development cycle? Not remotely! Do I love and hate my Vera? Every day.
But more to your point - is Vera dead? No, but MCV's communication skill is.