Robbie Knievel, an American daredevil who made approximately 350 jumps and set about 20 world records, died on Friday, January 13. He was 60 years old. Knievel, also known as Kaptain, was in hospice care during his dying days owing to his fight with pancreatic cancer, according to the American gossip website TMZ. According to the site, Robbie’s kids were at his side when he died early Friday morning, according to a family source.
He was the son of iconic stunt performer and entertainer Evel Knievel, who was famous during the 1970s for doing some of the most severe death-defying motorcycle feats. Robbie began following his father on tours at the age of 12 and apparently played for the first time at Madison Square Garden at a pre-jump performance.
On Twitter, people pay homage to legendary daring stunt performer Robbie Knievel.
As soon as TMZ broke the news of Robbie’s death, netizens began responding on numerous social media sites, including Twitter. Many others sent memorial notes for the daring performer, recalling the legendary and risky exploits he did during his career. A Twitter user praised Robbie and likened him to his father, noting that the late stuntman “was the same daredevil that [his father] was.” Among Robbie’s fans was American media personality and star of Discovery Channel’s reality TV program Fast N’ Loud, Richard Rawlings.
Many followers loved Robbie, and one of them even shared his boyhood dream of becoming a stunt performer:
“I just found out that #robbieknievel died. As a youngster, I used to see dad and later Robbie jump their motorcycles. That’s why I had a motorbike. I never fulfilled my boyhood ambition of being a stuntman, but I enjoyed watching their stunts #RipLegend. “
A pet account posted a heartfelt homage to the late daredevil, while another netizen explained how Robbie and his father had kept fans entertained for years.
A Robbie admirer brilliantly summed up his work throughout the years:
“Kaptain’ Robbie Knievel, son of the famed Evel Knievel (he was already following his father in challenges and dangerous exploits on a motorbike at the age of 8), who he followed in his footsteps. In NINJA III: DOMINATION, he played a stuntman. “May you rest in peace.”
Robbie’s father, Evel Knievel, was one of his era’s most renowned stunt acts, touring the United States. Captain Robbie Knievel followed in his father’s footsteps and was able to do some of the most incredible and stunning leaps. Robbie was allowed to leap the Caesars Palace fountains in 1989 to pay tribute to his father. His other well-known exploits included leaping over 30 Limousines and a fake volcano in front of the Mirage Hotel, as well as his Grand Canyon Jump. Although Robbie died of pancreatic cancer, no sources have confirmed how long the daredevil was in pain. His two daughters, Krysten and Karmen, survive him. Kane and Analise, his grandson and granddaughter, are also his children.
RIP Robbie Knievel – the son of Evel Knievel, who was also known as Kaptain Robbie Knievel – has died at the age of 60.
The daredevil passed away today after being in hospice care following a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. pic.twitter.com/K4zqZVJXRD
— Denn Dunham (@DennD68) January 13, 2023
Robbie Knievel, son of superstar ’70s motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel and an accomplished showman in his own right, died in hospice care after a battle with pancreatic cancer, according to multiple reports. He was 60🌹 pic.twitter.com/lh4Yzhfgmh
— Sanford&Son/The Jeffersons Fan Page (@SonAndPop) January 14, 2023