Leicester City Football Club have confirmed that chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among those killed in yesterday’s tragedy outside the King Power Stadium.
Roughly an hour after Saturday evening’s 1-1 draw between Leicester City and West Ham, a helicopter took off from the centre circle at the King Power – a traditional departure from the venue for club chairman, Srivaddhanaprabha.
Soon after, the aircraft got into difficulty and crash-landed in a nearby car park, quickly engulfed by flames.
Reports all day have indicated that the chairman was one of five people on-board, and now the club have confirmed the unfortunate news that Vichai, along with four others, all died in the incident.
Leicester’s next scheduled game against Southampton in midweek has been postponed.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) October 28, 2018
The Thai billionaire took over the club in 2010, and was instrumental in their incredible 2016 Premier League triumph against all the odds.
He was a popular figure at the club, and while this is reflected in the heartfelt outpouring of grief from those among the players, staff and fans, the footballing world at large have also closed ranks around the Leicester City community in this time of utmost difficulty.
— Ben Chilwell (@BenChilwell) October 28, 2018
Words can’t describe how I feel. A truly great, kind, loving man who will be missed so much by everyone.
— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) October 28, 2018
Per a statement from Leicestershire Police, two members of Vichai’s staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz were also on-board.