In Pics: Richard Branson thought he would die in bike crash

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London, Aug 27: Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group and Britain's best known businessman on Saturday said that he thought he was "going to die" after an horrific bike crash on Caribbean island Virgin Gorda this week.

Branson was cycling with his two children on the British Virgin Islands when he hit a hump in the road.

In a post on the Virgin website, the 66-year-old entrepreneur said, "I was heading down a hill towards Leverick Bay when it suddenly got really dark..

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.

"We've since recovered the crumpled bicycle, completely destroyed. My cheek has been badly damaged and my knee, chin, shoulder and body severely cut."

He travelled to Miami for X-rays and scans, and later posted photographs online showing his bloodied face.

The accident happened on the fifth anniversary of a fire which destroyed his luxury home on Necker Island.

All the images have been taken from Richard Branson's Twitter account:

Richard Branson receives medical help after accident

"My life flashed before my eyes - fell headfirst over my bike handlebars," he said.

Branson suffered injuries to his face and shoulder

"Genuinely thought I was going to die as I fell headfirst & bike disappeared off cliff.," he said.

Branson said that he was fine and recuperating

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

Branson gives the thumbs-up

"I'm alive! At least you've still you've still got a job!" My latest brush with death: Branson.

Branson attended by medical professionals

5th anniversary of Necker fire, I nearly died falling off my bike. All worked out, I'm lucky- Richard Branson.

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