Evel Knievel, the motorcycle daredevil who never saw a canyon—or a row of vehicles—he didn't want to jump, died today at 69. He was known for his spectacular failures as well as successes, including an attempt to jump the fountains at Caesar's Palace that put him in a coma, and an effort to jump the Snake River Canyon on a rocket-powered "skycycle" that ended on the riverbank below.
The star-spangled showman had broken nearly 40 bones before he retired, the AP reports."No king or prince has lived a better life," he said in a May 2006 interview. "You're looking at a guy who's really done it all." Knievel retired from stunting in 1976 after sustaining a serious injury jumping a shark tank, and made a good living off of autographs and endorsements.