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Richard Branson’s mum Eve dies aged 96 after Covid battle

Richard Branson’s mum Eve dies aged 96 after Covid battle
Richard Branson announced his mum Eve has died
Sir Richard Branson announced today that his mum Eve has died with Covid (Picture: Getty Images)

Sir Richard Branson’s mum Eve has died aged 96 after battling coronavirus.

The Virgin Group founder confirmed the news today by sharing a blog he’d written in celebration of his mum’s life. Tweeting the piece, he said: ‘I’m sorry to share that, sadly like a lot of people’s mums and dads right now in these days of Covid, my mum Eve has also passed away.

‘Rather than mourn her loss, I wanted to celebrate her wonderful life and the joy she brought to so many.’

Further detailing Eve’s battle with the Covid, Sir Richard described how his mother had ‘held on for one last victory, managing to fight off the virus, but expended all of her energy in the process’.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 12: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Sir Richard Branson and his mother, and award recipient, Eve Branson at the AltaMed Health Services' Power Up, We Are The Future Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 12, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
The Virgin Group founder paid tribute to his mum in a blog post (Picture: Getty Images)

He said she had died in the company of his sister Vanessa, nephew Louis, and the ‘wonderful nurses who she entertained with tales from her life’.

He added: ‘Mum was 96-years-old, but had the same enthusiasm and energy she had when I was a boy. 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.’

Eve Flindt, mother of Sir Richard Branson, as an air hostess for British South American Airways. She has just announced her engagement to Edward Branson (Eve Branson)
Eve worked as a British South American Airways stewardess (Picture: PA)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 2: Sir Richard Branson holds his mothr Eve Branson at Virgin Unite's Rock The Kasbah benefit honoring Eve Branson at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on July 2, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
Sir Richard said he owed his mum his career (Picture: Getty Images)

Eve was born on July 12 1924, in Edmonton, Middlesex, and went on to take glider lessons while disguised as a boy, before enlisting in the Women’s Royal Naval Service during the Second World War.

After the war, she toured Germany as a ballet dancer, acted on the West End stage and worked as an airline hostess for British South American Airways. She married Edward James Branson in 1949.

Sir Richard said: ‘When I was growing up she was always working a project; she was inventive, fearless, relentless – an entrepreneur before the word existed.

‘It is no exaggeration to say I owe my career to mum. One day in the late Sixties mum saw a necklace lying on the road near Shamley Green and took it to the police station.

***MINIMUM FEE ?300 PER IMAGE*** ***MINIMUM FEE ?300 PER IMAGE*** Kate Winslet dons a firefighter's helmet as she sweeps Sir Richard Branson's mother Eve into her arms. The Oscar-winning actress is credited with saving Eve from the Virgin tycoon's blazing home on Necker Island in the Caribbean. Sir Richard, 61, was staying in a villa about 100 yards away with his wife Joan and son Sam, 25. Winslet and her family were staying with Sir Richard's 90-year-old mother, Eve, in the Great House, which was burned to the ground. The Virgin tycoon praised Miss Winslet for helping his mother to safety. Pic taken August 23.\n\nPictured: Kate Winslet and Eve Branson\n\nRef: SPL309938 290811 EXCLUSIVE\nPicture by: Jack Brockway/Splash News\n\nSplash News and Pictures\nLos Angeles:\t310-821-2666\nNew York:\t212-619-2666\nLondon:\t870-934-2666\\n
Kate Winslet carried Eve away from a fire on Necker Island (Picture: Splash News)
Eve Branson (nee Flindt), mother of Sir Richard Branson on her wedding day at St Peter's Church on Frimley Green, Surrey to Edward Branson
Eve married Edward James Branson in 1949 (Picture: PA)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 12: Richard Branson (L) and honoree Eve Branson attend the AltaMed Power Up, We Are The Future Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 12, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AltaMed)
Sir Richard said she had the same enthusiasm and energy she had in his youth (Picture: Getty Images)

‘After three months nobody had claimed it so the police told her she could keep it. She came up to London, sold the necklace and gave me the money. Without that £100, I could never have started Virgin.’

Sir Richard said one of Eve’s ‘most brilliant legacies’ was The Eve Branson Foundation, which she created to improve the lives of women and young girls in the Atlas Mountains, by providing them with access to education and health care.

She leaves behind three children, 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Her husband Edward died in 2011.

In a statement, the Eve Branson Foundation said: ‘We are very sad to share that our beloved founder, Eve Branson, has passed away. Eve inspired and supported Atlas Mountain communities, right to the end of her life.’

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