Evel Knievel, legendary daredevil, dies
Evel Knievel, the motorcycle daredevil whose stunts — including an attempted leap over Idaho’s Snake River Canyon — made him a popular cultural figure, is dead, according to his Web site, evelknievel.com. He was 69.
Evel Knievel was known for his daredevil stunts.
Over his career, Knievel was said to have broken practically every bone in his body — some multiple times. With his red-white-and-blue jumpsuits, shock of hair and stone-faced mein, he was a fixture on ABC’s program “Wide World of Sports” in the 1970s, his stunts perennial ratings-grabbers.
Knievel’s most famous stunt was probably an attempt to jump the quarter-mile wide Snake River Canyon in 1974 on his rocket-powered “Sky-Cycle.” (He had hoped to jump the Grand Canyon, but couldn’t get permission.) The attempt failed, but the publicity was priceless.
His fame even spawned a movie, “Viva Knievel!” in 1977.
Robert Craig Knievel was born October 17, 1938, in Butte, Montana.