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Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Fri, 30th Nov '07 7:06 PM


I just heard that Evel Knievel died at the age of 69 of an unspecified lung disease.

He wowed so many of us during his daredevil long Evel, it was good to know you.


Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Fri, 30th Nov '07 7:10 PM

Daredevil Evel Knievel dies, aged 69

Posted 2 hours 3 minutes ago
Updated 1 hour 31 minutes ago

Daredevil Evel Knievel, who dodged death in a series of spectacular motorcycle leaps and crashes that made his name synonymous with showmanship, has died at the age of 69, according to a message on his website.

The site read simply "Robert Craig 'Evel' Knievel October 17, 1938 - November 30, 2007."

He had been ill for some time.

In his heyday, the tempestuous showman dressed like a superhero for his jumps, wearing a red, white and blue leather jumpsuit with a cape and cane, his hair sculpted back in a tall pompadour.

Knievel's greatest stunt turned out to be a failure when on September 8, 1974, he tried to ride a rocket-powered motorcycle across the Snake River Canyon in Idaho.

With a nationwide pay-per-view television audience watching, the parachute deployed when Knievel's Skycycle X-2 was only about two-thirds across, sending the cycle into the canyon wall. It landed partly in the river, but Knievel walked away with minor injuries.

"Anybody can jump a motorcycle," he once told Esquire magazine. "The trouble begins when you try to land it."

Knievel broke more than 40 bones, including his back seven times. His final years were plagued by pain resulting from his numerous accidents, as well as pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring of the lungs.

The reporter described Knievel, who was 68 at the time, as feeble and reliant on an oxygen tank and an implanted drug pump to relieve his pain.

His famous nickname came courtesy of a jailer who dubbed him 'Evil Knievel' after run-ins with the police as a youth. To avoid being seen as a bad guy, Knievel later changed the spelling to 'Evel' as his daredevil career took off.


Da1bearsfan  (Level: 5.6 - Posts: 19)
Fri, 30th Nov '07 8:24 PM

RIP Evil, you were a lengend...

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5425)
Sun, 2nd Dec '07 2:20 PM

I saw him on Robert Schuller's Hour of Power perhaps in early summer or spring, and he asked Rev. Schuller to baptize him. Evel Knievel had so much trouble talking and breathing at that time I wondered how he could continue on much longer.

He truly was a legend.

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