Robbie Knievel, son of Evel Knielvel, dies at 60

Fox News reports that Robbie Knievel, the motorcycle daredevil, has died at the age of 60. 

Robbie Knievel was the son of another famous motorcycle daredevil – perhaps the most famous of them all – Evel Knievel.

The announcement

Knievel’s passing was announced on Friday on the Evel Knievel Twitter page.

According to the Hollywood Reporter: “Knievel died Friday in Reno, Nevada, after a battle with pancreatic cancer, his brother, Kelly Knievel, told The Hollywood Reporter.”

TMZ provides more details, reporting, “a family source tells Robbie was in hospice care for his final days after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He died early Friday morning with his daughters at his side.”

Who was Robbie Knievel?

Robbie Knievel, also known as Kaptain Robbie Knievel, began emulating his father, Evel Knieval, when he was just a boy of 4 years old, attempting to make jumps on his bicycle. And, this would continue throughout the remainder of his life.

Knievel’s website states, “Robert E. Knievel, also known as “Kaptain Robbie Knievel”, is a legendary American daredevil with 350 jumps and 20 world records to his credit and is the son of the world-renowned Evel Knievel.”

According to the New York Post, one of these world records was a motorcycle jump over the fountains at Caesar’s palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The jump took place in 1989, and, in completing it, Knievel managed to do something that his father attempted but could not complete.

TMZ reports, “other death-defying stunts by Robbie included the 30 limousines jump, the Grand Canyon jump, and the U.S.S. Intrepid jump, to name a few.”

Knieval performed his final stunt in 2011 at the Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella, California. There, with his motorcycle, he jumped some 50 feet above a number of tractor-trailer trucks.

Remembering Knievel

Fans of Knievel have taken to social media to offer remembrances and tributes to Knievel following the news of his passing. Knievel’s brother Kelly Knievel told the Associated Press:

Daredevils don’t live easy lives. He was a great daredevil. People don’t really understand how scary it is, what my brother did.

Knievel provided fans an inside look at all the preparation that goes into one of his stunts in a show that he released in 2005 called “Knievel’s Wild Ride.” Episodes can still be found on the internet.

Knievel is survived by his daughters, Krysten and Karmen, and his grandchildren, Analise and Kane.