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29th Oct 2018

Family of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha lay wreath outside King Power Stadium

Reuben Pinder

The Leicester City owner’s death was confirmed by the club on Sunday night

The family of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha laid a wreath this morning outside the King Power Stadium in memory of the Leicester City chairman who died on Saturday evening in a helicopter crash.

Srivaddhanaprabha was one of five people on board at the time of the crash, none of whom survived.

The 60-year-old businessman was leaving the stadium after Leicester’s 1-1 draw with West Ham via helicopter – as he did after every home game – when it began spinning before falling to the ground.

Thousands gathered outside the stadium yesterday to pay their respects to the owner who had a profound effect on the club and the surrounding community.

His family travelled to the stadium this morning to see the many floral tributes outside the ground.

Messages of condolence have been pouring in from current and former Leicester players, and the wider football community, with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel posting a heartfelt statement on social media.

“We all know about the investment in the football club you and your family have made. But this is about so much more,” he said. “You cared so deeply not just for our club but for the entire community. Your endless contribution to Leicester’s hospitals and charities will never be forgotten. You went above and beyond in every aspect.”

In a club statement, Leicester said: “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.”