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Richard Branson Gets Nasty Shiner in Virgin Islands Bicycle Crash

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Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson says he thought he was going to die after flying head first off his bicycle in the British Virgin Islands.

The Virgin Group boss hit a hump in the road on Virgin Gorda, one of the islands in the Carribbean, catapulting him into the road. The 66-year-old Branson posted pictures of his bloodied face on social media on Friday, showing the gruesome injuries that included a cracked cheek, torn ligaments and severe cuts.

He said: "My life was literally flashing before my eyes."

Branson said he was lucky that his shoulder and cheek took the brunt of the impact. He said wearing a helmet saved his life.

 

Forget my injuries (cracked cheek, torn ligaments) – I'm having to drink tea out of a straw!

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