Legendary daredevil Robbie Knievel dead from cancer at 60

A legendary American patriot and daredevil performance artist has passed away.

Stuntman Robbie Knievel, son of the equally legendary Evel Knievel, died on Friday at the age of 60, the Daily Caller reported.

Dead from cancer

TMZ was the first to report that the record-setting motorbike stunt driver “Kaptain Robbie Knievel” departed this world early Friday morning with his daughters by his side.

Knievel was said to have been in hospice care in recent days as a result of his battle against pancreatic cancer.

Given the death-defying nature of many of his feats over the decades, it seems unbelievable that he perished from sickness instead of a stunt gone wrong.

Record-setting stunt career

Knievel began to follow the high-flying path of his famous father at the young age of four when he started doing jumps on his bike and began to perform alongside his father at the age of eight during a show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Over the course of his decades-long career, Knievel performed more than 350 spectacular jumps, 20 of which set new world records, per TMZ.

Arguably his most famous jump came in 1989 when he achieved a feat that his father had failed to accomplish more than 20 years earlier — successfully clearing the massive fountains in front of Ceaser’s Palace in Las Vegas.

Another memorable jump for Knievel came in 1999 when he jumped the Grand Canyon, though he did injure himself when lost control of his bike following the landing.

Final resting place with family in Montana

The Associated Press reported that Knievel, according to his brother Kelly, would be transported from his home in Reno, Nevada to be buried in a family plot in Butte, Montana in the coming days, though funeral service arrangements have not yet been revealed.

“Daredevils don’t live easy lives,” the grieving brother told the AP. “He was a great daredevil. People don’t really understand how scary it is what my brother did.”

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