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europop2005 11-30-2007 04:41 PM

Evel Knievel has taken his last rocket...
Daredevil Evel Knievel dead at 69
Pop culture icon had been in poor health for years

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Evel Knievel, the hard-living motorcycle daredevil whose jumps over Greyhound buses, live sharks and Idaho's Snake River Canyon made him an international icon in the 1970s, died Friday. He was 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.

Immortalized in the Washington's Smithsonian Institution as "America's Legendary Daredevil," Knievel was best known for a failed 1974 attempt to jump Snake River Canyon on a rocket-powered cycle and a spectacular crash at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. He suffered nearly 40 broken bones before he retired in 1980.

Although he dropped off the pop culture radar in the '80s, Knievel always had fans and enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent years. In later years he still made a good living selling his autographs and endorsing products. Thousands came to Butte, Mont., every year as his legend was celebrated during the "Evel Knievel Days" festival.

"They started out watching me bust my ass, and I became part of their lives," Knievel said. "People wanted to associate with a winner, not a loser. They wanted to associate with someone who kept trying to be a winner."

His death came just two days after it was announced that he and rapper Kanye West had settled a federal lawsuit over the use of Knievel's trademarked image in a popular West music video.

elevated_u2_fan 11-30-2007 04:46 PM

oh man, that sucks, RIP Evel... :(

RedRocksU2 11-30-2007 04:55 PM


phanan 11-30-2007 04:59 PM

Lila beat you... :wink:


europop2005 11-30-2007 05:05 PM

i'm proud of my title though :wink:

RIP :(

indra 11-30-2007 05:08 PM

RIP :(

indra 11-30-2007 05:09 PM


Originally posted by europop2005
i'm proud of my title though :wink:

I like it too. :yes:

SpiritRover 11-30-2007 06:04 PM

I am saddened to hear this new. A truly unique human being who was "out of this world." :Pray:

Moonlit_Angel 11-30-2007 06:48 PM

Sad to hear this :(. May he rest in peace.

Caroni 11-30-2007 07:02 PM

As long as performers stay in people´s mind, they won´t be dead :hug:

BonoFox1 12-01-2007 12:25 AM

Legend, ghone but not forgotten :(

cell 12-01-2007 12:46 PM


tiny dancer 12-01-2007 05:28 PM

May you Rest In Peace Evel. :(

Carek1230 12-01-2007 08:03 PM


MsPurrl 12-01-2007 09:04 PM

Happy landings, Evel

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