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Leicester City Confirms Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Was Killed In Helicopter Crash

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Leicester City Confirms Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Was Killed In Helicopter Crash

Leicester City FC has confirmed that owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was killed in yesterday's helicopter crash outside of the King Power Stadium.

The club statement said that 'the world has lost a great man' - adding that all five people on board had died in the incident.

The statement referred to Srivaddhanaprabha as '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.

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It also explained that a book of condolence - which would be shared with his family - will be opened at King Power Stadium from 8am on Tuesday 30 October for supporters to pay their respects.

"Supporters unable to visit King Power Stadium that wish to leave a message can do so through an online book condolence, which will be made available via lcfc.com in due course," the statement added.

The fatal crash took place after Leicester's 1-1 draw at home to West Ham. According to Sky News, Leicestershire Police has said the other four people on board the helicopter when it crashed are believed to be Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's two members of staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA
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A witness also told Sky Sports: "(My nephew) saw this helicopter out of control then drop within a second and burst into flames. He was so upset - we're all thinking about the owners here and what they've done for the football club. It's awful, you can't believe it."

Since the news of his tragic death broke, tributes have been pouring in for Srivaddhanaprabha - including from several other football teams.

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Srivaddhanaprabha bought Leicester in 2010 and became chairman the following February. He was known for leaving in his Augusta AW169 helicopter after home matches.

According to the Guardian, on Saturday he was due to travel in the helicopter to Luton Airport, before taking his private jet to Thailand.

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Rest in peace.

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Jess Hardiman
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