Box Obituaries-Evel Knievel, Dead at 69

In Celebrities, Sports on December 1, 2007 by Editor Z

Motorcycle God Evel Knievel (1938-2007) <a

href=””>Evel Knievel, the motorcycle stunt king, who grabbed the attention and amazed millions in the 1960s and 1970s, died Friday. He was 69 years old. Cause of death is not specific, except that he was found not to be breathing at his Clear Water Florida home.

Knievel is best known for a number of feats that included jumping lines of vehicles such as buses and the fountains in front of Cesar palace in Las Vegas in 1967. He dueled with the popular guards of what was deemed to be safe, and thereby was able to demonstrate to the world what was possible, albeit safe. He began his career in the 1960s, pioneering the sport of motorcycle stunts, breaking as many as forty of his own bones over the broad scape of his career. Although his feats always widened the eyes of countless spectators, there were also aims that were too high for even Knievel to reach, such as his attempt to jump the Idaho Canyon on a rocket powered cycle in 1980.

Correction: I may have made it appear that Knievel made that jump over the fountains in front of Ceaser Palace in las vegas, but he really took a spill when he tried jumping it and actually injured himself quite badly. My apologies if i gave that perception.


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