After jumping Greyhound busses, the fountains at Caesar's Palace and Idaho's Snake River Canyon, Evel Knievel (pictured) made his last jump. He died at age 69 in Clearwater, Florida.
Knievel broke more than 40 bones, including his back seven times. His final years were plagued by pain resulting from his numerous accidents. He also suffered from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis.
He had undergone a liver transplant in 1999 after nearly dying of hepatitis C, probably contracted through a blood transfusion after one of his bone-shattering spills.
At the time of his death he was reliant on an oxygen tank and an implanted drug pump to relieve his pain.
Knievel once told a reporter, “Anybody can jump a motorcycle. The trouble begins when you try to land it."
He grew up in the rough and tumble mining town of Butte, Montana where he was well known by local law enforcement.
After a police chase in 1956 Knievel was taken to jail on a charge of reckless driving after crashing his motorcycle.
When the jailer looked at the booking roster he read that Robert Knievel was in one cell and William Knofel was in another. The jailer remarked that he had evil Knievel and awful Knofel for the night. Though the spelling changed to “evel”, the nickname stuck.