Legendary stuntman Robbie Knievel has died

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Legendary daredevil Evel Knievel’s son, Robbie Knievel, died Friday morning after a battle with cancer, TMZ reports.

Robbie Knievel was a Las Vegas legend when it came to daredevil motorcycle stunts. His list of top jumps includes his famous jump from Caesars Palace in 1989, the same jump his father attempted in 1967.

Las Vegas, Nevada: Robbie Knievel successfully jumps his motorcycle over the fountains of Caesar’s Palace on April 14, becoming the first person to do so and avenging his fathers Evel Knievel’s ill-fated attempts. Knievel, 26, rode the motorcycle about 160 feet past a crowd of thousands. (Getty Images)

“Robbie was a great guy and a great entertainer,” said 8 News Now sports presenter Ron Futrell. Futrell has covered many jumps and other events with Robbie Knievel here in Las Vegas. “He loved Las Vegas and he always enjoyed his jumps here. Granted, he learned the craft at a young age from his father, but he took it to the next level of excitement. The end of an incredible era.

Other jumps in Las Vegas include launching over 30 limos (231 feet) at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in 1998. In 1999 he also jumped 130 feet between the two Jockey Club towers on the Strip.

Robbie Knievel’s last televised motorcycle jump also took place here in Las Vegas on December 31, 2008, when he jumped 200 feet in front of the Mirage Volcano.

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