Leicester City owner among five dead in helicopter crash
Addis Ababa, October 29, 2018 (FBC) – The owner of Leicester City FC died when his helicopter crashed outside the stadium, the club has confirmed.
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger were killed when the aircraft spiralled out of control and crashed in a fireball on Saturday.
It had just cleared the King Power Stadium when it came down at about 20:30 BST.
Thousands of bouquets and scarves have been left outside the ground.
In a statement, Leicester City said the club’s thoughts were with “the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the families of all those on-board at this time of unspeakable loss”.
The club described Mr Vichai 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”.
“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,” it added.
A book of condolence will be opened at King Power Stadium from Tuesday morning.
The team’s next fixture against Southampton in the EFL Cup, scheduled for Tuesday evening, has been postponed.
The helicopter came down in a car park near the stadium just over an hour after Leicester had drawn 1-1 against West Ham United in the Premier League.