Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was killed when his helicopter crashed outside the King Power Stadium on Saturday, the club confirmed on Sunday.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) October 28, 2018
Former Leicester City player, Ahmed Musa paid tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha, whom he described as a father:
Not be forgotten,wonderful memories will live on forever,Death can never take a good man away,in the hearts of people he inspired,the legacy remains and continuous throughout generations.He was a great man and father to many,may his soul RIP 😭💔🙏 @LCFC pic.twitter.com/lhaIXM6c4K
— AhmedMusa718 (@Ahmedmusa718) October 28, 2018
Current Leicester players Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho also paid their tributes to the memorable of the Thai Owner:
You were far too kind and supportive. Thank you for all you did for the club, for always encouraging the team and coming all the way to watch me play at the world cup. Rest on sir #theboss💔😢 pic.twitter.com/RY3fjz3TLD
— Ndidi Wilfred (@Ndidi25) October 28, 2018
May the good Lord accept your soul rest on boss 😭😭💔 pic.twitter.com/i9mvDyY9Gu
— Kelechi Iheanacho (@67Kelechi) October 28, 2018
The crash occurred following the Foxes’ match with West Ham United in the Premier League. Tributes to those involved in the crash were laid at the stadium on Sunday.
It’s been commonplace for the owner’s helicopter to land on the pitch at the stadium following matches before flying him out of the stadium.
Per BBC, “witnesses said they saw it just clear the stadium before it spiralled out of control and crashed in a fireball.”
Srivaddhanaprabha, worth £3.8 billion according to Forbes, founded King Power Duty Free and purchased Leicester in 2010 when they were in the second tier of English football.
The club enjoyed a remarkable rise under his guidance, earning promotion to the top flight and then sensationally winning the Premier League title in the 2015-16 campaign.
The triumph was regarded as one of the biggest shocks in football history, with the Foxes famously 5,000-1 outsiders at the start of the campaign.
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