Death of a Dare Devil Legend … Evel Knievel Dead at 69


Evel Knievel was X-treme long before X-Games were ever even a thought.


Evel Knievel’s famed jump over the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in 1967; he was unconscious for a month afterward. (NYT)

Evel Knievel, the man who crashed more times and broke more bones  while amazing us with his remarkable dare devil motorcycle jumps died today. Evel Knievel just seemed so indestructible and during the 1970’s, he was larger than life. Some people are just born a breed a part and are born to live on the edge. Evel Knievel

Before there was extreme sports, there was Evel Knievel. Before there were X-Evel KnievelGames and way before any X-Game athletes were even born, there was Evel Knievel. Wearing a red, white and blue cape and whose jumps over obstacles including Greyhound buses, live sharks and Idaho’s Snake River Canyon made him an international icon and cult hero in the 1970’s. Its hard to believe that it’s even possible; however, sadly Evel Knievel died today at the age of 69.

Knievel’s death was confirmed by his granddaughter, Krysten Knievel. He had been in failing health for years, suffering from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable condition that scarred his lungs.

Knievel had undergone a liver transplant in 1999 after nearly dying of hepatitis C, likely contracted through a blood transfusion after one of his bone-shattering spills.

Longtime friend and promoter Billy Rundel said Knievel had trouble breathing at his Clearwater condominium and died before an ambulance could get him to a hospital.

“It’s been coming for years, but you just don’t expect it. Superman just doesn’t die, right?” Rundel said.

In Pictures: Evel Knievel

Posted December 1, 2007 by
Celebrity, Deceased, Obituary, Sports | 4 comments

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  • Comments

    4 Responses to “Death of a Dare Devil Legend … Evel Knievel Dead at 69”

    1. Scared Monkeys on December 1st, 2007 12:26 pm

      Many have forgotten just how big Evel was back in the day?

      He was a pop culture icon.

      His merchandise was marketed long before it was today … as everything is. It was from lunch boxes to toys to toothbrushes.


    2. Miss-Underestimated on December 1st, 2007 2:24 pm

      Evel was the epitome of cool.

      There were several people who helped him after his illness that cause some financial stress.

      I purchased memrobilia from a family that used Evel’s rocket to promote their business, they in turn started a website to sell autographed photos for Evel because Evel had no income,

      My nephew 1 yr old was Evel for Halloween. Third generation Evel follower.

      Yes Evel was cool way before we knew what cool was.


    3. buster on December 1st, 2007 3:15 pm

      I purchased memrobilia from a family that used Evel’s rocket to promote their business
      One of Evel’s sky rockets is perched up somewhere in California I believe it is a junk yard could this be your friends business ???
      I have some friends that knew Evel in his day when I was a boy he was my hero as well.
      Click the name Buster to see how Evel influnced my life.
      God Bless the legend !!! He will live on !!!

    4. Miss-Underestimated on December 2nd, 2007 2:00 am

      Buster this is the family that rented Evel’s rocket for their business. Like I mentioned they sold memrobilia to help Evel with income.

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