Posted by: helldriversmovie | November 30, 2007

“Superman just doesn’t die, right?”

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Our condolences go out to the Knievel family.

The Associated Press just reported that Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel died today after a long battle with diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis.

Billy Rundel, a close family friend who organizes the annual “Knievel Days” biker rally in Montana, told the AP that Evel had problems breathing at his home and died before an ambulance could reach him.

“It’s been coming for years, but you just don’t expect it. Superman just doesn’t die, right?” Rundel said.

Pulmonary fibrosis is an incurable, chronic disease that causes lung tissue to scar and thicken — interfering with the lungs’ function of transferring oxygen into the bloodstream.

For the past few years, Evel’s granddaughter, Krysten Knievel, has been raising money for pulmonary fibrosis through her “Knievel Krusade.” Both Doug Danger and Louis “Rocket” Re have performed at benefit shows for a cure.

You can make a donation in memory of Evel Knievel here.
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Also, listen to Evel himself discuss his condition and the ongoing research of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

NOTE: The producer of this PSA spot left 51 seconds of lead time at the beginning of the video. After clicking on play, slide the fast-forward bar at the bottom to the 51 second mark past the black space.

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  1. The world seems like a less exciting place now. You can never replace a true American original like Evel Knievel. He touched so many of us in a positive way. So many people have become lasting friends thru one man. He always said he believed his spirit would live on and become stronger and his spirit would soar up to heaven. I know he’s now free of pain and in a better place. Today many of us lost a hero and a friend.


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