Tributes have poured in for Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after the billionaire perished when his helicopter crashed in the carpark at King Power Stadium on Saturday night.
The crash happened after Leicester’s 1-1 draw with West Ham. Four others were killed in the accident, two members of Srivaddhanaprabha’s staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer who has flown the Royal family and his co-pilot and partner Izabela Róża Lechowicz.
Thai politicians and footballers have described Srivaddhanaprabha as a “warm” and “generous” man, whilst Prince William said he was a man of ‘strong values.’
Srivaddhanaprabha, whose helicopter would land on the centre circle of the pitch after matches, had flown out of the stadium many times before without a problem.
But an issue with the chopper caused the pilot the crash in the car park where there were no other members of the public instead of the stadium, where it would have been so much worse.
A Leicester club statement read: “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.
“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.”