Leicester City FC owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died in a helicopter crash outside the stadium in Leicester the club has confirmed.
The Thai billionaire, two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger were killed when the aircraft spiralled out of control and crashed in a fireball on Saturday.
Srivaddhanaprabha and the over passengers boarded the helicopter from the middle of the pitch once Leicester’s King Power Stadium emptied after the team’s 1-1 draw with West Ham. The helicopter had just cleared the stadium when it came down crashing. No one on board survived.
Leicester City released a statement saying, “It is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we confirm our chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those to have tragically lost their lives on Saturday evening when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crashed outside King Power Stadium.”
It described the chairman as a “a man of kindness, of generosity and a man whose life was defined by the love he devoted to his family and those he so successfully led.”
Mr Vichai, 60, who was married and had four children, bought Leicester City for £39m in 2010.
Under his ownership the club won the Premier League in 2016, having started the season as 5,000/1 outsiders.
Many fans dropped bouquets of flowers and tributes. See images below:
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