Evel Knievel is dead.
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Evel Knievel, the hard-living motorcycle daredevil whose jumps over Greyhound buses, live sharks and Idaho’s Snake River Canyon made him an international icon in the 1970s, died Friday. He was 69. (Story.)
He was the Elvis of stuntmen, and for those of you too young to remember, he was the real deal. His name was a household word, and when he attempted a jump it was as big as a heavyweight title fight. And this was back in the days when heavyweight fights usually involved people like Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. All the kids in the neighborhood would set up little bike jumps and pretend we were him.
There was never anybody quite like Evel and there never will be again.
We’ll never know how you lasted so long. Rest in peace, you crazy bastard.