Robbie Knievel, daredevil son of Evel Knievel, dies at 60

Robbie Knievel
Robbie Knievel gives a thumbs up after jumping off a train at Texas State Railroad Park in Palestine, Texas February 23, 2000.

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Robbie Knievel, son of a legendary stuntman Evel Knievel, died at the age of 60, his brother, Kelly Knievel, told CBS News on Friday. Robbie Knievel died of pancreatic cancer after being hospitalized for three days.

“It was planned,” her brother told CBS News. “He was in Reno with his three daughters by his side.”

Known as “Kaptain Robbie Knievel,” Robbie Knievel had his own daredevil career with 350 jumps and 20 world records, according to his biography on his official website. Knievel was married once and divorced, his brother said.

From an early age, Knievel wanted to be a daredevil, although it was difficult personally and professionally to follow in his father’s footsteps, his brother said.

Their father, Evel, was proud of his son’s accomplishments and tried to attend all of his jumps, including Knievel’s 1989 success over the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. In 1967, his father attempted the same jump and nearly died from injuries he sustained in an accident with his Harley-Davidson.

“Daredevils don’t live an easy life,” his brother said. “But, that’s what they do.”

Kelly Knievel said her brother should be remembered for what he did best.

“It was a big daredevil,” he said. “If you look at his jumps, that’s what he should be known for. That’s what he loved to do.”

Evel Knievel died in 2007 at the age of 69 after years of battling diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis.

Robbie Knievel is survived by his three daughters, five grandchildren, his older brother Kelly and two sisters, and his mother, Linda.


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