Robbie Knievel, son of the intrepid Evel Knievel, has died at the age of 60

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

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Robbie Knievel, son of the legendary stuntman Evel KnievelHis brother, Kelly Knievel, died at the age of 60. Robbie Knievel died of pancreatic cancer after being in a hospice for three days.

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

Known as “Captain Robbie Knievel,” Robbie Knievel had a career dashing career with 350 jumps and 20 world records, according to his official bio. website. His brother, Knievel, said he was married once and divorced.

From a young 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 successful jump over the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. In 1967, his father attempted the same jump and nearly died from the injuries he sustained when he crashed his Harley-Davidson.

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

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

“It was very reckless,” he said. “If you look at his jumps, that’s what he has to be known for. It’s what I like to do.”

Evel Knievel passed away 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 his two sisters, and his mother, Linda.


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