English Football club, Leicester City has confirmed the tragic death of its owner and Chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in an helicopter crash that occured outside the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England.
The six-seat Agusta AW169 helicopter belonging to the billionaire thai businessman, Srivaddhanaprabha had crashed and burst into flames after taking off from the football pitch, on Saturday night.
It was reported that the helicopter had engine trouble before spinning out of control moments after it took off from the stadium.
Although four others were involved in the crash, their identities have not been released but it is believed two on board were passengers, while the other two were crew members.
A statement from the club said: “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.”
Also while describing the attributes of the chairman, the club said “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”
Also for sympathisers and supporters who desire to send messages 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 October 30 for supporters wishing to pay their respects.
“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”, the club said.