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

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

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Robbie Knievel, son of the legendary stuntman Eve Knievel, has passed away at age 60, his brother Kelly Knievel told CBS News on Friday. Robbie Knievel died of pancreatic cancer after spending three days in hospice.

“It was to be expected,” his 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 once married and divorced, his brother said.

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

Their father, Evel, was proud of his son’s achievements and tried to attend all of his jumps, including Knievel’s successful 1989 jump over the Caesars Palace fountains in Las Vegas. In 1967 his father had attempted the same jump and nearly died from the injuries he sustained when he crashed his Harley-Davidson.

“Dreamers don’t lead easy lives,” said his brother. “But it’s what they do.”

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

“He was a big daredevil,” he said. “If you look at his jumps, he should be known for that. 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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