Daredevil Robbie Knievel Dead At Age 60

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Leena Nasir Entertainment Reporter
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Robbie Knievel, a daredevil who followed in the footsteps of his father, Robert “Evel” Knievel, died Friday morning at the age of 60 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Knievel was in a hospice and had his daughters by his side when he passed away, according to TMZ. He was known for his exceptional risk-taking and his death-defying motorcycle stunts, as well as his daredevil lifestyle.

Robbie, affectionately known as “Kaptain Robbie Knievel” routinely stunned fans with his talents. He first began jumping his bike when he was four years old, and performed alongside his father at Madison Square Garden when he was only eight.

He continued to pursue stunt riding and honed his craft well into his adulthood. Knievel went on to perform more than 350 jumps over the course of his career. He set world records with 20 of them, according to TMZ.

One of the most memorable jumps of Knievel’s career was in 1989 when he jumped the fountains at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. This was a particularly notable jump, as his father had failed to clear the fountains in a 1967 jump. (RELATED: Rally Car Driver Ken Block Dead At 55)

Knievel also stunned fans with his 30-limousine jump, Grand Canyon jump, and U.S.S. Intrepid jump.

His final feat was in 2011, when he jumped 150 feet above tractor-trailer trucks at the Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella, California.

Knievel also starred in the show “Knievel’s Wild Ride,” which gave viewers a rare sneak peek into the prep work and behind-the-scenes stresses that unfolded while his crew geared up for their stunts, according to TMZ.