'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. He had been in failing health for years, suffering from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable condition that scarred his lungs.'
I've no idea how he survived all those crash landings. He thrilled viewers and annoyed doctors and own bones. A real T-Man with big balls and not so big brain. My words don't do this man justice hence here's a quote from WWTDD.COM - The ultimate celebrity gossip blog.
'I know any given X-Games will have faster bikes and sicker stunts and higher air, but this dude would jump insane shit with a ramp built from plywood and guesswork on a bike about as powerful as a modern toaster. That's why his jumps rarely worked and he failed so often, so magnificently. Todays equivalent would be like if you taped some bottle rockets to your shoes and then jumped off your roof'.