Robbie Knievel, a Butte native who was considered second to father Evel Knievel despite performing 350 motorcycle jumps and breaking some of his father’s records, has died. He was 60.
Knievel died early Friday morning of pancreatic cancer with his three daughters by his side after being in hospice for the last few days, according to multiple news outlets. He was living in Reno, Nevada at the time of his passing.
Unlike his father, who performed his last stunt when he was 36 years old, Robbie Knievel performed his last recorded stunt when he was 53 years old. He completed a jump over 30 double-stacked, double-wide golf carts on Oct. 24, 2015, in Palm Springs, California, to celebrate six months of sobriety from alcohol.
Kelly Knievel, Robbie’s brother, told The Montana Standard on Friday that Robbie the person and Robbie the daredevil were “one and the same.”
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“He loved to entertain people and you know, one stunt – a daredevil doesn’t do the same stunt all the time – he has to come up with more, and that usually involves more danger, and he was up for