The Niagara daredevil I knew didn’t quit – and it killed him

From Buffalo Business First: On July 3, 1984, a Czech emigre by the name of Karel Soucek rode in a nine-foot barrel over the cataracts at Niagara Falls, and lived. A few months later, on Jan. 19, 1985, a stunt he was performing in the Houston Astrodome malfunctioned and within a day he was dead,…

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Barrels used by daredevils on display in Niagara Falls exhibit

From the Canadian Press (via Yahoo! Canada Travel): Twenty-five years after stuntman Karel Soucek survived his trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel, a new exhibit highlights the daredevils who have been drawn to the site. Soucek, from Hamilton, suffered only minor injuries in his plunge on July 2, 1984. He died, however, about six…

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