Robbie Knievel, stuntman who followed in father Evel Knievel's footsteps, dies at 60
Robbie Knievel, a record-setting stunt performer and the son of Evel Knievel, died of pancreatic cancer, his brother confirmed to multiple outlets. He was 60 years old.
Kelly Knievel, Robbie Knievel’s brother, told CBS News Friday that his brother died after being in hospice care for several days. He was with his three daughters.
"Daredevils don’t live easy lives," Kelly Knievel told The Associated Press. "He was a great daredevil. People don’t really understand how scary it is what my brother did."
Knievel followed in his father’s footsteps with a slate of jumps to his name, including his famous 1989 jump in which he cleared the Caesars Palace fountains in Las Vegas. He also stunned audiences by jumping a 200-foot-wide chasm of the Grand Canyon, over vehicles, between buildings and more.
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After jumping a moving locomotive in Texas in 2000, a 200-foot televised stunt, he smiled and said “That was close.”
Knievel’s father died in 2007 in Clearwater, Florida.
Kelly Knievel confirmed to the Associated Press that his brother will be buried alongside other family members in Butte, Montana, though information on services was not immediately available.
Robbie Knievel, who promoted himself as “Kaptain Robbie Knievel,” set several stunt records, but also failed in several attempts. In 1992, at age 29, he was injured when he crashed into the 22nd of 25 pickup trucks lined up across a 180-foot (55-meter) span in Cerritos, California.
“Injuries took quite a toll on him,” Kelly Knievel said Friday.
Contributing: Anika Reed, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
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