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Published: Dec 1, 2007
Evel Knievel Video Tribute, Daredevil Dies At Age 69
by Mitch Marconi

Evel Knievel is dead. Death finally came for Knievel, but not from any stunt gone wrong. No, the flamboyant motorcycle daredevil stuntman whose heart-stopping triumphs and incredible failures made him a household name, died Friday in Clearwater, Florida in a very unspectacular fashion. He was 69.

Over the course of his career, he survived at least 38 broken bones, multiple concussions and countless bruises acquired in specatacular jump attempts that ended in unintended crashes. His health has been failing for years, suffering from diabetes and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. (an incurable condition that scarred his lungs)

He began his daredevil career in 1965 when he formed a troupe called Evel Knievel's Motorcycle Daredevils, a touring show in which he performed stunts like riding through fire walls, jumping over live rattlesnakes and cougars and being towed at 200 mph behind dragster race cars.

Much of Knievel's success was remarkable and must-see-tv at the time. but it was some of his defeats that garnered him his greatest fame.

On New Year's Day 1968, Evel was nearly killed when he jumped 151 feet across the fountains in front of Caesar's Palace. He cleared the fountains but the crash landed him in the hospital in a coma for a month.

His son, Robbie, successfully completed the same jump in April 1989.

He was dubbed "Evil Knievel" by a jailer in Montana after crashing his motorcycle while fleeing from police. He would later change the spelling to "Evel" as his career took off to avoid the perception of being a bad guy.

Knievel was married twice and had four children.

Evel was also notorious for his outrageous yarns: "Made $60 million, spent 61. ...Lost $250,000 at blackjack once. ... Had $3 million in the bank, though."

We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Knievel family and pay tribute to consumate daredevil with the videos below

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