Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, English Investor, author and founder of Virgin Group,has lost his mother to covid19.
Branson’s mother died at the age of 96 after contracting COVID-19, the entrepreneur has confirmed.
Announcing her death in a heartfelt post, Mr Branson said his mother Eve had managed to “fight off the virus, but had expended all of her energy in the process”.
The billionaire businessman said that rather than mourn her loss, he wanted to “celebrate her wonderful life, her tremendous spirit, the joy she brought to so many, and the love she gave us all”.
“As for so many of us in these days of Covid, it feels so strange that the person who has always been there for us, with such zest for life, is gone,” he said.
Eve Branson, a grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of 10, had lived a colourful and adventurous life.
Her son described how she had taken glider lessons disguised as a boy, acted on the West End stage, enlisted in the WRENS during the Second World War and toured Germany as a ballet dancer after the war.
In her later years, she founded the Eve Branson Foundation, a small non-profit based in Morocco aimed at providing young people with craft skills training.