Robbie Knievel was an American stuntman who did dangerous motorcycle jumps like his thrill-seeking father. In 1989, he did these jumps at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Ten years later, he did them in the Grand Canyon. Has died in Nevada, according to his brother. He was 60.
What was the cause of his death?
Kelly Knievel said that Robbie Knievel died early Friday morning at a hospice in Reno. He had been sick with pancreatic cancer.
But in 1967, when Evel Knievel crashed his Harley-Davidson during a jump over the fountains at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, he became famous, and he almost died from his injuries. In 1989, Robbie did the same jump on a specially-made Honda.
In 1998, Robbie Knievel jumped over a row of limousines at the Tropicana Hotel. In 1999, he jumped between two buildings at the Jockey Club. On New Year’s Eve 2008, he jumped in front of a volcano at The Mirage while fireworks went off.
Robbie Knievel career
Robbie Knievel said his father always wanted to jump the beautiful natural landmark in Arizona, but he never did. This happened after he crashed his motorcycle in 1999 after jumping it over a 220-foot (61-meter) chasm on an Indian reservation outside Grand Canyon National Park. Robbie Knievel broke his leg when he fell.
In September 1974, Evel Knievel instead tried to fly over a mile-wide chasm in the Snake River Canyon in Idaho. His rocket-powered bike went into the canyon, and his escape chute opened.
Robbie Knievel’s brother talked about some of his other stunts, like the time he jumped over a row of military planes on the deck of the New York museum USS Intrepid in 2004.
Robbie Knievel, who called himself “Captain Robbie Knievel,” broke many records for stunts, but he also failed at many of them. In 1992, when he was 29 years old and living in Cerritos, California, he hurt himself when he ran into the 22nd of 25 pickup trucks lined up across a 180-foot span.
Kelly Knievel’s home is in Las Vegas. He said that his brother died with his three daughters by his side. They were Chicago’s Krysten Knievel Hansson, Montana’s Karmen Knievel, and Oregon’s Maria Collins.