Evel Knievel, Dead at Age 69

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Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel dead at 69

03:20 PM CST on Friday, November 30, 2007

Associated Press

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Evel Knievel, the hard-living motorcycle daredevil whose exploits made him an international icon in the 1970s, died Friday. He was 69.

Knievel death was confirmed by his 21-year-old granddaughter, Krysten Knievel. He had been in failing health for years, suffering from diabetes and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable condition that scarred his lungs. He had undergone a liver transplant in 1999 after nearly dying of hepatitis C, likely contracted through a blood transfusion after one of his bone-shattering spills.

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DoctorNine

Had a bike with ape hangers and a thick sissy bar. Really skinny tire up front, and a fat slick on the back. The local kids made ramps in the red clay hills with scrap wood and shovels. Made this one that was about a 25 foot drop. I jumped that badboy with my pride and joy. Landed flat on my back, but stayed with the bike. The only thing that saved me was the sissy bar. I thought I was Evel Knievel. It was the summer of 1973. Blue skies, high octane and burned rubber.

He was bigger than life. He was AMERICA, man. Hell they even made gum with baseball cards of him in 'em. The world is less without Evel. Salute!! Here's to my Hoon of the Year...