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Evel Knievel Takes Final Break

"Evel" Knievel, arguably the world's most famous daredevil motorcycle rider, has died, according to his official Web site. He was 69.

Born in Montana as Robert Craig Knievel Jr., the stuntman extraordinaire rose to fame in the 1960s and became synonymous with high-flying attempts to clear impossible obstacles on his two-wheeler.

Only two days before his death, it was reported that Knievel and Kanye West amicably settled a federal lawsuit that the stuntman brought last year over the use of Knievel's trademarked image in a video for Kanye's song "Touch the Sky." In it, West took on the persona of "Evel Kanyevel" and tries to jump a rocket-powered motorcycle over a canyon – an apparent nod to Knievel's failed attempt to jump Idaho's Snake River Canyon in 1974.

According to the Associated Press, Knievel and West recently met in the motorcycle legend's Clearwater, Fla., condo, and Knievel also expressed concern for West, who was mourning the loss of his mother who died suddenly earlier this month.

"I know he's had some tough times the past few weeks, and I hope things work out," Knievel was quoted as saying.

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Very few people can pull off being a lengend in their own time and a legend in their own mind with class. This man did it well. Godspeed, Evel.

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I was fortunate to see him jump once. It was seriously one of the most intense things I've ever witnessed. He was an amazing showman and several people around me literally fainted and fell to the ground before he left the ramp.

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^ I don't know about the "class" part. I used to know the man. He was absolutely brilliant, and mad as a box of snakes. Sorry to hear of his passing, and condolences to his son Robbie.

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^ I don't know about the "class" part. I used to know the man. He was absolutely brilliant, and mad as a box of snakes. Sorry to hear of his passing, and condolences to his son Robbie.
Didn't you work for him once? Or were you a carnie I forgot which is which
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In the interest of scientific oddities, I hope they take one last x-ray of his body and release it to the public. Inquiring minds want to know...
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In the interest of scientific oddities, I hope they take one last x-ray of his body and release it to the public. Inquiring minds want to know...
I want to know about the size of his balls
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Didn't you work for him once? Or were you a carnie I forgot which is which
I worked for my cousin, who was the promoter of all of the shows like the one TK attended. I worked a couple dozen of them all over the midwest, and hung out socially as well. Also among my cousin's best friends was Jerry Lee Lewis, so he was definitely drawn to a certain type, if you know what I mean......

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