Leicester owner dead: Sending condolences to Srivaddhanaprabha family | Football | Sport
Srivaddhanaprabha was killed in a tragic helicopter accident after he was picked up on the King Power Stadium pitch following Leicester’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.
Although common practice for the owner to leave in this manner, the helicopter spiralled out of control after taking off and crashed into a nearby car park outside of the stadium, proceeding to burst into flames
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.
A statement released by the club confirmed what everyone had feared.
“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 read.
The club described their former owner as “a great man”, before explaining how fans can send their tributes to the Srivaddhanaprabha family.
“A book of condolence, which will be shared with the Srivaddhanaprabha family, will be opened at King Power Stadium from 8am on Tuesday 30 October for supporters wishing to pay their respects,” the club said.
“Supporters unable to visit King Power Stadium that wish to leave a message can do so through an online book of condolence, which will be made available via lcfc.com in due course.”
Fans had already begun laying flowers outside the King Power before the news broke.
The book of condolence will show to Srivaddhanaprabha’s family just how much he meant to the club.
Srivaddhanaprabha purchased Leicester in 2010 and oversaw the incredulous 2015/16 Premier League title win.
The Thai businessman also made some tough calls, such as sacking Claudio Ranieri the year after his Premier League triumph, but always remained close to the Leicester City fans’ hearts.
Since the announcement, tributes have poured in from all over the world.
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy wrote on Instagram: “Struggling to find the right words….but to me you are legend, an incredible man who had the biggest heart, the soul of Leicester City Football Club.
“Thank you for everything you did for me, my family and our club. I will truly miss you…. may you rest in peace…#theboss.”
Midfielder Andy King, another Premier League winner under Srivaddhanaprabha, wrote: “RIP Boss. You were a great person who cared so much about our club, city and everything which came with it. Thank you for enabling us to make our dreams a reality and I hope you were as proud of your club as we were of you. We will miss you.”