Evel Knievel, known for his famous motorcycle stunt jumps over buses and canyons in the 1970s, died on Friday. He was 69.
Knievel had been in poor health in recent years, suffering from diabetes and a serious lung condition known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, according to the Associated Press.
The traditional garb he wore on his famous jumps included a red, white and blue leather jumpsuit with a cape. After starting out in the 1960s jumping over pits and buses, he expanded to greater and more spectacular events. Eventually, he was watched by millions on television.
One of his most famous stunts was a jet-powered motorcycle attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon in Idaho on Sept. 8, 1974. An attempt to jump across fountains at Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas on New Year's day in 1968 resulted in him lying in a coma for a month.
His real name was Robert Craig Knievel Jr. He was born on Oct. 17, 1938. In Butte, Montana. He is survived by his two sons Robbie and Kelly and daughters Alicia and Tracy. He has 11 grandchildren. His ex-wives are Linda Knievel and Krystal Kennedy.