Friday, November 30th, 2007
Evel Knievel, the hard-living motorcycle daredevil whose exploits made him an international icon in the 1970s, died Friday. He was 69. Knievel's death was confirmed by his granddaughter, Krysten Knievel. He had been in failing health for years, suffering from diabetes and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable condition that scarred his lungs. Knievel had undergone a liver transplant in 1999 after nearly dying of hepatitis C, likely contracted through a blood transfusion after one of his bone-shattering spills.The question now is: Who in the world is going to replace Evel? Whatever happened to amazing stunts and showmanship!? The world is a much less exciting place without him. Here's to hoping Super Dave Osbourne (read: Marty Funkhouser) will speak at his funeral. We'll miss you Evel!