Evel Knievel the American hero during my childhood has passed away Evel Knievel dead at 69 I just heard about this on the way home. A truly great American Icon. I too had the toys as a kid in the 70's I had the motorcycle, car, and matchbox car of the rocket cycle. He was an American original and if you ever get to read his life story or see a documentary (which I am sure one will be on soon) I recommend it. People who weren't alive during Knievel's popularity may not understand how big he was during the 70's. He was a hero to the youth , we always tried jumping our bicycles trying to emmulate him. He is the original "extreme" motorcyclist. God Speed Evel Knievel.