Robbie Knievel, the son of legendary daredevil Evel Knievel, passed away on Friday, as confirmed by his brother Kelly Knievel. He had followed in his father’s footsteps and had a career as a daredevil. He was 60 years of age.
While speaking to CNN, Kelly Knievel revealed that his brother Robbie was in hospice for four days as he had advanced pancreatic cancer. Kelly added that his brother knew he was sick for half a year.
“He was in hospice for about four days. He had advanced pancreatic cancer. He knew he was sick for probably six months.”
Robbie Knievel, who followed in his father’s footsteps, started doing motorcycle stunts when he was just a teenager. He went on to perform a number of death-defying jumps, such as leaping over fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and the aircraft on the deck of the USS Intrepid. He made a name for himself as a daredevil and entertainer.
His brother remembers him the way most people do, which was that of a “great daredevil” who truly never feared death.
“If you’ve ever been to one of his jumps, they were really dangerous, and you can’t really capture the emotional feeling of the danger that you see on TV.”
Robbie Knievel took pride in his line of work. In a 1989 interview with CNN’s Larry King, Robbie Knievel stated, “I’m very proud of the fact that my dad pretty much created his own entertainment, sport, whatever you want to call it.”
Despite his pride in his son’s career, his father Evel Knievel had expressed concern for Robbie’s safety and had tried to discourage him from pursuing a similar career path when he was a child. He made an effort to make Robbie promise not to follow in his footsteps in motorcycle stunts.
Robbie will be remembered for his insane stuns and that is all that matters. We here at Thirsty For News offer our deepest condolences to Robbie Knievel’s family and loved ones during this sad time.
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