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Owner of Leicester City Football Club, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha dies in helicopter crash

Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has been named as one of five victims killed in a helicopter crash.

Srivaddhanaprabha died after his helicopter crashed in flames outside Leicester’s King Power stadium about 1 hour after a match on Saturday night.

His club had played and drew 1-1 against West Ham on Saturday night, shortly before the tragic incident.

The 60-year-old billionaire club owner died alongside four people, two who were members of his staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, as well as the chopper's pilot Eric Swaffer and a co-pilot Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

Leicester Club released a statement confirming the incident. A spokesperson for 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. 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.

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