- Leicester City have confirmed chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday night.
- Five people are believed to have died when a helicopter crashed outside the King Power Stadium yesterday evening (Saturday 27 October).
- Leicester City Football Club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz.
The football world have been thrown into mourning following the confirmation that Leicester City owner and chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha have been confirmed dead.
The 60-year-old Thai businessman was on board his own personal helicopter, which lost control and crashed in a car park at the King Power Stadium following Saturday’s match against West Ham.
Leicestershire police say the other four victims of the crash are believed to be two members of Srivaddhanaprabha’s staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer, and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) October 28, 2018
A Leicester club statement read:
“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.
“None of the five people on board survived.
“The primary thoughts of everyone at the club are with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the families of all those on-board at this time of unspeakable loss.
“In Khun Vichai, the world has lost a great man.
“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. Leicester City was a family under his leadership.
“It is as a family that we will grieve his passing and maintain the pursuit of a vision for the club that is now his legacy.”
Srivaddhanaprabha, who founded the retail company King Power Duty Free, bought Leicester in August 2010 and became the club’s chairman less than six months later.
Under his ownership, Leicester secured promotion to the top-flight in 2014 and, against odds of 5,000-1, won the 2015/16 Premier League title.