Evel Knievel’s Son Robbie Knievel Dies at 60: Daredevil Had Cancer

Evel Knievel’s son, Robbie Knievel, dies at 60

  • Evel Knievel’s son Robbie Knievel – also known as Kaptain – has died aged 60
  • The daredevil died in a hospice after a battle with pancreatic cancer
  • He took after his father’s career jumping his motorcycle over objects
  • Evel was so famous in the 1970s that he was a regular on the Tonight Show

Evel Knievel’s son Robbie Knievel – also known as Kaptain Robbie Knievel – has died aged 60.

The daredevil died after being hospitalized after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

He followed the stunt career of his famous father, known for his death-defying motorcycle jumps, and racked up a total of 350 jumps in his lifetime.

Sad loss: Evel Knievel's son Robbie Knievel - also known as Kaptain Robbie Knievel - has died aged 60;  seen in 2010 after jumping more than 200 feet over service vehicles before the start of the IZOD IndyCar Series Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway

Sad loss: Evel Knievel’s son Robbie Knievel – also known as Kaptain Robbie Knievel – has died aged 60; seen in 2010 after jumping more than 200 feet over service vehicles before the start of the IZOD IndyCar Series Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway

With his famous father: Robbie seen with his father Evel Knievel in 2006;  Eve died in 2007

With his famous father: Robbie seen with his father Evel Knievel in 2006; Eve died in 2007

Robbie’s mother was Evel’s first wife, Linda.

Evel’s mini-me son started riding motorcycles at the age of seven, and his dad taught him the art of jumping over objects on his bike.

At age eight, Robbie began acting; his first show was at Madison Square Garden in New York. At 12, he went on tour with his father.

One of Robbie’s most publicized stunts took place in 2009 when he jumped over the man-made volcano in front of the Mirage Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

He is survived by his two daughters, Krysten and Karmen. He also has a granddaughter and grandson, Analise and Kane.

Her father Evel – who was a big star in the 1970s and 1980s – died of a lung disease in Clearwater, Florida, in 2007, aged 69.

Big time: The daredevil died after being hospitalized following a long battle with pancreatic cancer.  Seen in 2008

Big time: The daredevil died after being hospitalized following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Seen in 2008

Originally from Montana, Evel – whose birth name was Robert Craig Knievel – was an American stuntman and entertainer known for his red, white and blue jumpsuits, which his son Robbie also adopted for his career.

Knievel’s website states that Evel chose his nickname after spending a night in jail in 1956 after being arrested for reckless driving. He opted for the spelling Evel rather than Evil as he didn’t want to be associated with the Hell’s Angels biker gang.

During his career, he attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps.

Evel told Esquire magazine, “Anyone can jump a motorcycle. The trouble starts when you try to land it.

Dad: He followed his father's career as he was known for his death-defying motorcycle jumps and racked up a total of 350 jumps in his lifetime.  Eve in the 1970s

Dad: He followed his father’s career as he was known for his death-defying motorcycle jumps and racked up a total of 350 jumps in his lifetime. Eve in the 1970s

In the 1970s, he became so famous that he landed an acting role in The Bionic Woman with Lindsay Wagner, appeared on The Donnie And Marie Show as well as The Sonny And Cher Show, and he also became a regular guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. .

Knievel retired in 1981 after breaking more than 40 bones in his body, including his back seven times, and suffering numerous concussions.

Knievel was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999.

In 2000, a documentary about his life titled Touch Of Evel was released.

ROBBIE’S BIGGEST JUMPS

In 1996, Knievel jumped over 10 limos at Lake Elsinore Storm Stadium to celebrate the return of the Elsinore Grand Prix.

In 2003, Knievel jumped 15 Diet Pepsi trucks at Chinook Winds Casino.

In 2006, Knievel jumped from barge to barge in Jacksonville, Florida and in late July 2006.

In 2007, Knievel hopped an assortment of military vehicles at the North Carolina Auto Expo in Raleigh, North Carolina.

That same year, he appeared in Wilmington, Delaware and managed to skip $4.8 billion in counterfeit money representing the amount of interest paid to ING Direct customers.

He also popped into the Buffalo Chip Campground.

In 2008, he successfully jumped over 24 Coca-Cola Zero truck cabs in Ohio.

That same year, he jumped 21 Hummers at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas and he did two consecutive jumps in Nashville, Tennessee.

In 2008, on New Year’s Eve, he jumped from the volcano at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.

Knievel’s last jump was in 2011 in Coachella, California; he jumped 150 feet (46 m) over tractor-trailer trucks.

Information published with the kind permission of Wikipedia.

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