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Evel Knievel Dies 11 30 07 Evel Knievel, the red-white-and-blue-spangled motorcycle daredevil whose jumps over crazy obstacles including Greyhound buses, live sharks and Idaho's Snake River Canyon made him an international icon in the 1970s, died today. He was 69. His death was confirmed by his granddaughter, Krysten Knievel. He had been in failing health for years, suffering from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable condition that scarred his lungs. In 1999 he had undergone a liver transplant after nearly dying of hepatitis C, likely contracted through a blood transfusion after one of his bone-shattering spills.
Tags: evel  knievel  daredevil  motorcyclists 
Added: 30th November 2007
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Posted by: Marty6697 on 2007-11-30 
Wow Naomi What great tribute I think over the years He broke every bone in his body We used to as kids make ramps and jump with our bikes No helmets in those days He was truly a Daredevil R.I.P. Evil Never forget Evil Awesome
Posted by: Steve on 2007-11-30 
Golly I really admired him as a kid! No real daredevils anymore (unless you count Britney or Paris driving drunk trying to get away from the paparazzi!)
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-12-01 
Knievel inspired (for lack of a better word) a lot of kids in my neighborhood to try really dangerous stunts on their bikes, their roller skates, and even their tricycles! As Marty noted, nobody thought of wearing a helmet.
Posted by: Cliffy on 2007-12-01 
I don't think helmets were readily available for bikers, just motorcyclists and the like back then.
Posted by: eric1957 on 2007-12-04 
Evel was the first extreme athlete before the X Games was ever thought of.
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