Skip to comments.Legendary motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel died Friday, according to evelknievel.com
Posted on 11/30/2007 1:14:55 PM PST by Tulsa Ramjet
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The feud between Evel Knievel and Kanye West over the US rappers 2006 Touch the Sky music video has come to an end after Wests record label paid the former stuntman an undisclosed settlement last week.
The pair met last Tuesday at Knievels home in Tampa, Florida to put a close to the law suit after Roc-A-Fella Records paid the legendary stunter to drop his charges of damaging his long-established public persona.
Knievel claimed the five and a half minute music video where West portrays himself as Evel Kanyevel and re-enacts the historic Snake Canyon Skycycle jump was vulgar and racially charged.
Evel (not his real name, I know) was always very protective of his name and likeness. I don’t blame him - he made his own fame and paid a high price in injuries for it, so why let someone else profit from it without compensation to him?
Evel Knievel died of natural causes, proving once again that God has a wicked sense of humor.
Video of his infamous jump at Ceasear’s Palace in Vegas....
Evel Overcome With Good
On Palm Sunday, hundreds responded to Robert “Evel” Knievel’s testimony by asking to be baptized on the spot at Crystal Cathedral. Speaking alongside the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, Knievel told the congregation in Orange County, California, how he had refused for 68 years to accept Jesus Christ as Lord. He believed in God, but he couldn’t walk away from the gold and the gambling and the booze and the women.
“I don’t know why I fought it so hard,” he said. “I just did.”
But Knievel knew people were praying for him, including his daughter’s church, his ex-wife’s church, and the hundreds of people who wrote letters urging him to believe. And then something indescribable happened during Daytona Bike Week this March.
“I don’t know what in the world happened. I don’t know if it was the power of the prayer or God himself, but it just reached out, either while I was driving or walking down the sidewalk or sleeping, and it justthe power of God in Jesus just grabbed me. All of a sudden, I just believed in Jesus Christ. I did, I believed in him! I rose up in bed and, I was by myself, and I said, ‘Devil, Devil, you bastard you, get away from me. I cast you out of my life.’ I just got on my knees and prayed that God would put his arms around me and never, ever, ever let me go.”
I'm sure there will be a movie on him someday.
Evel was just plain nuts doing those jumps on those POS Harley Davidson’s from the 70’s. Got to give him credit though...he definitely had balls.
Hell, one jump and a bunch of busted bones would let me retire in comfort (with pain killer drugs) for the rest of my life..........
A movie? Heck that was done in 1971.
This year he got an Opera.
stories will fall now about how quirky this guy was...........way out there..he sure ain’t welcome in Montana.....he never paid one debt............but what a set of brass this man had
I loved that toy! My knuckles, however, felt differently. Evel was truly one of a kind. RIP Evel.
I guess there is no need for him to Jump the pearly gates... The gates have been opened for him... Great Post...
“OMG I remember that toy”
But in all honesty, that toy sucked. You would jack that launcher twenty thousand times, hit the release, and then the motorcycle would travel about a foot and then hit the show trailer. Man it was bogus.
RIP you big STUD!
Awful Kenawful can’t be far behind.
In December 2006, Knievel sued rapper Kanye West for trademark infringement in Wests video for Touch the Sky.
I am glad that was taken care of. Those two have been through hell and back. Of course RIP for Evel.
Didn’t he have a son who tried to follow in his “foot-steps”?
33 years ago. ...and I remember getting that SI issue as if it were ...well, it does seem like a while.
That’s what bottlerockets are for! ;>)
The fact that there’s no obvious connection is proof of the conspiracy.
I grew up with EK. He was always beraking something whether it was records or bones. I figured "breaking" would get him in the end.
When I think of EK somehow he is always categorized with:
Elvis Presely hype
I don't know why. Must be the stuff of the 70s.
RIP Mr. EK.
Knievel had undergone a liver transplant in 1999 after nearly dying of hepatitis C, likely contracted through a blood transfusion after one of his bone-shattering spills.
How about this
My cousin live in apartment we used crank that baby up and try get Evel Kneverl toy jump over garbage cans
I do remember how many time we crank that up the toy broke after so many try ROFL
I saw Robbie Knievel jump a bunch of cars in the Pontiac Silverdome aournd 1983... Evel was there too... It was really kind of cool...
It would have been Green Valley Raceway in NE Fort Worth. Place in Ennis was built in the mid 80's.
One of the very few that took life on his own terms. For this alone I gotta admire him.
You will be missed Knieval.
You may have a few rough times, but one thing was for sure, You always gave a good show and we all knew it was for real.
You won’t be forgotten.
“His cremation will put a steel mill back in business.”
LOL! But damn near true.
RIP Evel... We’ll miss you.
I had one too.
I met him at a bar in Clearwater years ago...at the time, I believe he was hustling golf at a local club.
There was more “patriot and nerve” in Evel’s spit than in all the “honorable men and women” holding office in Congress.
I had to clean that up for the forum...
And that is the truth. I don’t know how old you are, but back in the 70’s when I was a yute, Evel was a real icon on the working class side of the tracks in the town where I grew up. The whole neighborhood would come to a stop on Saturday afternoons when he was featured on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.
I saw him jump in Seattle at the Kingdome— a highlight of my childhood. Had the toys, and I never missed the opening of Wide World of Sports JUST so I could see the shot of him jumping in the intro.
God D@M$, he was one cool mutha.
Love ya, Evel!!!
Get yours now! Never Opened!!
I loved that machine! I could rip it up every time. That and the Capt. Fantastic machines were my faves,
Golf digest wrote an article about his golf exploits... Its a good read...
Uh-oh! First Kanye moma, now Evel.
The timing of this guys auction is almost inspired...
I don’t know if he was sick or not, but man he looks 20 years older than 69. Wow!!!
Robbie (”Kaptain Knievel”), who last I heard was talking about attempting Snake River Canyon. He’s done OK.
Don’t forget Henry Hyde.
My favorite machine was “8 ball”... I’d play for hours on 1 quarter then walk away with a couple dozen credits left...