Joining Lisa Marie Presley, another child of an all-time great from days past, in passing away this week was Robbie Knievel, the son of the famous stuntman and daredevil Evel Knievel. Robbie, who was battling pancreatic cancer, passed away Friday morning in hospice care in Reno, Nevada, aged 60. Robbie’s brother confirmed those details and that his brother had passed away to the Associated Press. Robbie was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing.
NPR noted that Knievel had followed in the steps of his father with some of his famous, death-defying stunts, saying:
“Robbie Knievel, an American stunt performer who set records with daredevil motorcycle jumps following the tire tracks of his thrill-seeking father — including at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in 1989 and a Grand Canyon chasm“.
Adding to that, NPR went on to compare some of Robbie’s other famous stunts with those of his father, saying:
Robbie Knievel also made headline-grabbing Las Vegas Strip jumps over a row of limousines in 1998 at the Tropicana Hotel; between two buildings at the Jockey Club in 1999; and a New Year’s Eve jump amid fireworks in front of a volcano attraction at The Mirage on Dec. 31, 2008.
After a crash-landing to complete a motorcycle leap over a 220-foot (61-meter) chasm at an Indian reservation outside Grand Canyon National Park in 1999, Robbie Knievel noted that his father always wanted to jump the spectacular natural landmark in Arizona, but never did. Robbie Knievel broke his leg in his crash.
Evel Knievel instead attempted to soar over a mile-wide Snake River Canyon chasm in Idaho in September 1974. His rocket-powered cycle crashed into the canyon while his escape parachute deployed.
Speaking to the AP, Kelly Knievel reminded people how tough on the body and scary the stunts Robbie did were, saying “Daredevils don’t live easy lives. He was a great daredevil. People don’t really understand how scary it is what my brother did.” His brother added that “Injuries took quite a toll on him.”
Knievel’s Facebook page has yet to be updated to reflect his passing. The last post on the page was in 2020, when the page announced a book featuring Knievel had been released on Amazon, saying:
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