Robbie Knievel Wiki, Biography
American daredevil Robbie Knievel, who completed nearly 350 jumps and set over 20 world records, passed away on Friday, January 13. He was 60 years old.
According to the American tabloid website TMZ, Knievel, also known as Kaptain, was in hospice care during his final days due to his battle with pancreatic cancer. The site also quoted a family source as revealing that Robbie’s daughters were at his side when he passed away early Friday morning.
He was the son of legendary actor and stunt performer Evel Knievel, who was popular throughout the 1970s for pulling off some of the most intense death-defying stunts on a motorcycle. Robbie began accompanying his father on tours and reportedly first performed when he was 12 at Madison Square Garden during a pre-jump show.
Netizens Pay Tribute To Iconic Stunt Daredevil Robbie Knievel On Twitter
When TMZ reported the news of Robbie’s passing, netizens began reacting on various social media platforms, including Twitter. Many recalled the iconic and dangerous stunts he performed throughout his career as they shared their tribute messages to the daredevil performer.
One Twitter user compared Robbie to his father while praising him, writing that the late doppelganger “was the same daredevil as [his father’s].” Among Robbie’s fans, US media personality and star of the Discovery Channel’s Fast N’ Loud reality show Richard Rawlings also paid tribute to the late stunt double.
Many fans idolized Robbie as well, and one of them even shared his childhood story of him wanting to become a stuntman:
“Just saw #robbieknievel pass away. When I was a kid, I watched dad and then Robbie as they jumped off their bikes. It’s the reason I owned a motorcycle. I never achieved my childhood dream of being a stuntman, but I loved it watch his stunts #RipLegend”
One pet account paid a wholesome tribute to the late daredevil, while another netizen shared how Robbie and his dad have given viewers all the thrills all these years. Take a look at some of these tweets below:
One fan of Robbie’s beautifully summed up his career over the years by writing:
Farewell to ‘Captain’ Robbie Knievel, son of the legendary Evel Knievel (he was already accompanying his father in challenges and suicide stunts on a motorcycle at age 8), whom he followed in his footsteps. He acted as a stuntman in NINJA III: DOMINATION. Rest in peace.”
Evel Knievel, Robbie’s father, was one of the most iconic stuntmen of his day, touring the United States. Captain Robbie Knievel followed his father’s career path and was able to pull off some of the impossible and impressive jumps.
In 1989, Robbie was able to jump over the Caesars Palace fountains and pay tribute to his father. His other popular stunts included jumping over 30 limousines and an artificial volcano in front of the Mirage Hotel, while his Grand Canyon Jump was also highly publicized.
Although Robbie passed away from pancreatic cancer, no reports have verified how long he was suffering from the daredevil. He is survived by his two daughters, Krysten and Karmen. He also has a grandson and a granddaughter, Kane and Analise.