Stuntman Robbie Knievel, son of Evel Knievel, dies after cancer battle
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The son of legendary daredevil Evel Knievel, Robbie Knievel, died on Friday morning. Knievel died early Friday at a hospice in Reno after battling pancreatic cancer, Robbie’s brother Kelly Knievel said.
“Daredevils don’t live easy lives,” Kelly Knievel told The Associated Press. “He was a great daredevil. People don’t really understand how scary it is what my brother did.”
Robbie Knievel was a Las Vegas legend when it comes to daredevil motorcycle stunts. His list of high-profile jumps includes his famous Caesars Palace jump in 1989, the same jump his father tried unsuccessfully in 1967.
“Robbie was a great guy and a tremendous entertainer,” 8 News Now sports anchor Ron Futrell said. Futrell covered many of the jumps and other events with Robbie Knievel here in Las Vegas. “He loved Las Vegas and he always enjoyed his jumps here. Certainly, he learned the craft at a young age from his father, but he took it to the next level of excitement. The end of an amazing era.”
Other Las Vegas jumps include launching over 30 limousines (231 feet) at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in 1998. In 1999, he also jumped 130 feet between the two towers of the Jockey Club on the Las Vegas Strip.
Robbie Knievel’s last televised motorcycle jump was also in Las Vegas on Dec. 31, 2008, when he jumped 200 feet in front of the Mirage volcano.
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