Daredevil Evel Knievel Dies at Age 69

November 30, 2007
By MotorcycleUSA Staff
Evel Knievel s historic jump over the fountains of Caeser Palace  Las Vegas on New Year s Eve  1967.
Evel Knievel’s historic jump over the fountains of Caeser Palace, Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve, 1967.

Legendary motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel has died at the age of 69. According to various news reports, the popular stunt rider suffered from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis at the time of his death.

An American and international cultural icon, Knievel hailed from Butte, Montana. Rising to fame in the late 60s and early 70s for his daring stunts, two of Knievel’s most memorable feats include attempted jumps over the fountains at Ceasar’s Palace, as well as the Snake River Canyon.

Knievel’s popularity boomed when his stunts were televised on the ABC Wide World of Sports program. He was also associated with Harley-Davidson, the American motorcycle manufacturer having sponsored Knievel during his heyday.

Knievel broke numerous bones during his long career. He also survived a liver transplant in the late-90s.

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