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America's Daredevil Evel Knievel Dies at 69

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America's Daredevil Evel Knievel Dies at 69

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America's Daredevil Evel Knievel Dies at 69

America's Daredevil Evel Knievel Dies at 69

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Daredevil motorcyclist Evel Knievel is seen in 1977 in 'Viva Knievel!'

In this image originally released by Warner Bros., Daredevil motorcyclist Evel Knievel is seen in 1977 in Viva Knievel!. The hard-living motorcycle daredevil whose exploits made him an international icon in the 1970s died Nov. 30, 2007. He was 69. AP/Warner Bros. hide caption

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Evel Knievel, the greatest daredevil in American memory, has died, not from the trauma of a missed landing, but suffering from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis. He was 69.

In the 1960s and '70s, no man made America — and the world — gawk and cringe and wonder the way Evel Knievel did.

Whether leaping on his customized Harley-Davidson over the fountain at Caesar's Palace — not so successfully — or riding a rocket in an attempt to jump Snake River Canyon, Robert Craig Knievel Jr. lived remarkably, and nearly died many times.

Kelly Knievel, his first son, talks with Robert Siegel.

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