Legendary motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel dies aged 69

December 1st, 2007 - 12:54 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, December 1 (ANI): American motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel died on Friday aged 69.

He is survived by his longtime partner, Krystal Kennedy-Knievel, four children and, 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Knievels death came just two days after he had settled a federal lawsuit with rapper Kanye West. The dispute was over the use of Knievel’s trademarked image by West in a popular music video.

He was suffering from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis.

In 1999, he had undergone a liver transplant after being afflicted by hepatitis C, which he likely contracted through a blood transfusion after one of his bone-shattering spills.

Knievel was acclaimed for jumping over Greyhound buses and live sharks.

He became an international icon when he attempted to jump over Snake River Canyon on a rocket-powered cycle, though he failed in his attempt.

According to Variety magazine, Knievel had suffered nearly 40 fractures before he retired in 1980.

Knievel also tried his hand at movies, and starred with Lindsay Wagner in an episode of the 1980s television series Bionic Woman.

In movies about his life, Knievel has been portrayed by George Hamilton and Sam Elliott. (ANI)

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