Daredevil And Son Of Icon Dies At 60
When Robbie Knievel was just 4 years old, he started attempting to follow in his famous father’s footsteps. His dad, Evel Knievel, was known for his daredevil stunts but advised Robbie not to try to imitate his career since it was so dangerous. That didn’t stop Robbie.
At 8 years old, Robbie performed with his father for the first time. At age 12, he dropped out of school to go on tour with his father, and he went on to have his own successful career mainly performing motorcycle stunts.
Robbie promoted himself as Kaptain Robbie Knievel, and he performed more than 340 jumps during his life. These jumps include a famous jump over the fountains at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas in 1989, a jump his father was unable to successfully complete during his attempt in 1967. He performed many other jumps in Las Vegas including one over a row of limousines and one in front of the volcano at The Mirage. He also famously jumped over The Grand Canyon, a jump his famous father had always wanted to attempt but never did. Robbie’s final stunt was in 2011 when he jumped over a line of tractor-trailers.
According to Robbie’s brother, Kelly Knievel, Robbie had been suffering from pancreatic cancer and knew about the health condition for about six months. In early January, he was admitted to a hospice center, and four days later, he died. He was 60 years old.
Robbie’s death was not unexpected by his family, and his three daughters, Krysten Knievel Hansson, Karmen Knievel, and Maria Collins, were all by his side.
Kelly told CNN that his brother was a “great daredevil.” He added, “If you’ve ever been to one of his jumps, they were really dangerous, and you can’t really capture the emotional feeling of the danger that you see on TV.”
Back in 1989, both Evel and Robbie sat down with Larry King for an interview. During the interview, Robbie said, “I’m very proud of the fact that my dad pretty much created his own entertainment, sport, whatever you want to call it.”
While Evel also expressed the fact that he was proud of his son, he also mentioned that he was concerned for his son and didn’t really want him following in his footsteps because of how dangerous it is.
Watch the video below to see one of Robbie’s most famous jumps and to learn more about his life and death.
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