BREAKING: tributes pour in for devastated Richard Branson at his sad loss

Sir Richard Branson has paid tribute to his mum Eve after she died aged 96 of coronavirus.

The Virgin boss, 70, announced her death on Twitter.

In the heartfelt post, he said he wanted to “celebrate her wonderful life”.

The billionaire said she had “held on for one last victory” and managed to fight off Covid-19 – but “expended all of her energy” in the battle.

He wrote: 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 & the joy she brought to so many.”

The billionaire also shared a link to a longer blog post marking her death on Virgin’s website.

He said she had “also passed away from Covid”, adding: “She held on for one last victory, managing to fight off the virus, but had expended all of her energy in the process.”

The tycoon said his “wonderful” sister Vanessa and nephew Louis were “with her until the end”.

He said she was also surrounded by “the wonderful nurses who she entertained with tales from her life and much laughter over glasses of whisky”.

Branson wrote: “Rather than mourn her loss, I want to celebrate her wonderful life, her tremendous spirit, the joy she brought to so many, and the love she gave us all.

“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.”

He remembered Eve as a “force of nature”, saying she had “lived many remarkable lives”.

He said he and his sisters Lindy and Vanessa were lucky to “grow up with mum and dad as our parents, instilling values that have lasted a lifetime”.

They “showed us how family is the most important thing in the world”, he added.

The business magnate said: “They taught us the importance of hard work, of not taking yourself too seriously, of treating people how you wish to be treated, of entrepreneurship, and so much more.”

He claimed he also owes his career to his mum, as she had given him £100 in the late 1960s after selling a lost necklace she found in the street.

Branson said: “Without that £100, I could never have started Virgin.”

His dad died back in 2011, but his mum “did exactly as he would have wished by continuing to grab life with both hands”, he added.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – MAY 12: Eve Branson arrives 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.