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Virgin billionaire Richard Branson has revealed that he had a brush with death after suffering a horror bike crash whilst training for the Virgin Strive Challenge with his children, Holly and Sam.
The 66-year-old businessman was rushed to a hospital in Florida for treatment, suffering a cracked cheek and torn ligaments as a result of the accident.
Speaking about the ordeal, Richard shared: “I really thought I was going to die. I went flying head-first towards the concrete road.
"But fortunately my shoulder and cheek took the brunt of the impact, and I was wearing a helmet that saved my life.
"My bike went flying off the cliff and disappeared. We’ve since recovered the crumpled bicycle, completely destroyed. My cheek has been badly damaged and my knee, chin, shoulder and body severely cut.”
The mogul also released photographs of himself in hospital, revealing the terrifying extent of the damage.
The latest accident comes just months after Richard had a run in with a deadly stingray, with the tycoon being known for his love of daring stunts.
Writing in his blog, Sir Branson continued: “My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you’re moving forward. All you have to do is get back up and try again.
"The first person to arrive on the scene was my assistant Helen. She was wondering who was lying prostrate on the road.
"I was so glad to be alive that I quickly was able to summon my sense of humour, and said to her: "I’m alive! At least you’ve still got a job!’”
We are happy to hear that Richard is doing okay and we can only hope that he will perhaps be a little more careful in future.
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