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Evel Knievel's daredevil son Robbie has died aged 60

Daisy Phillipson

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Evel Knievel's daredevil son Robbie has died aged 60

Evel Knievel's daredevil son Robbie has sadly passed away aged 60.

The news was confirmed on Evel's official Instagram account with a post that reads: "A Great Daredevil has Died Robbie Knievel May 7, 1962 - January 13, 2023."

Despite his dad's global fame, Robbie was a respected stuntman in his own right, performing more than 350 motorcycle jumps and breaking several world records throughout his celebrated career.

He first started jumping his bike at the young age of four before riding motorcycles at age seven.

Robbie Knievel passed away aged 60. Credit: Instagram/@officialevelknievel
Robbie Knievel passed away aged 60. Credit: Instagram/@officialevelknievel

When he turned eight, he performed his first show with his dad at Madison Square Garden, and just several years later he was on the road with Evel, who passed away in 2007.

One of his most impressive feats was a homage to his late father when he replicated Evel's failed attempt at jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on a motorcycle.

Although Evel never made the jump, Robbie's 1989 stunt was a success.

A family source told TMZ that Robbie had been in hospice care following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

They said he died early in the morning today (13 January) with his daughters by his side.

Many remember his Ceasars Palace feat. Credit: Twitter
Many remember his Ceasars Palace feat. Credit: Twitter

Following a long and successful career, Robbie’s last televised jump came in 2008 when he performed a 200-foot jump outside the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve.

His last ever jump was performed in Coachella in 2011, with him flying his motorbike over a 46 metres of tractor trailers and landing on a ramp at the other side.

Tributes continue to pour in for the late daredevil, with people sharing their condolences to his family and friends.

Sharing a photo of Robbie, one person wrote on Twitter: "A moment of silence to the end of the Knievel legend. RIP 'Kaptain Robbie Knievel'."

Another said: "RIP Robbie Knievel, you were legend to us and your jump at Caesar’s was epic."

A third added: "A guy who risked his life on many occasions has passed away. Off to the stunts in the sky Robbie Knievel.

"He was 60 years old and had been battling cancer... To pay homage to his father, Knievel jumped the Caesars Palace fountains in 1989."

"You cleared the canyon Robbie," commented a fourth. "Rest In Peace."

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677

Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock

Topics: World News

Daisy Phillipson
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