Tragic news was reported on Saturday that Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the current owner of the English football team Leicester City FC had sadly passed away with four other people after watching the match between Leicester City and West Ham draw in the Premier League.
It was reported that the helicopter spun out of control as it was trying to leave the stadium but unfortunately crashed down onto a car park near the King Power stadium instantly killing Mr. Srivaddhanaprabha, two of his staff members, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare along with his pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz. A freelance photographer who was covering the match told BBC Radio Leicester that, “The engine stopped and I turned round and it made a bit of a whirring noise, like a grinding noise. The helicopter just went silent, I turned round and it was just spinning, out of control. And then there was a big bang and then [a] big fireball.”
An official statement from the club was published soon after the incident describing Mr. Srivaddhanaprabha 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 condolence book will also be available to the public on Tuesday at the King Power Stadium as part of Mr. Srivaddhanabha’s tribute.
This is heavy news for not just the Leicester members and the team who are now postponing their next match with Southampton in the EFL Cup which will be this Tuesday but other major football teams and leagues such as Tottenham Hotspur, Nottingham Forest, and Swansea City, Inter Milan and more are also paying their condolences. Richard Scudamore, Premier League chief executive said: “Vichai was a gentleman who graced the game with his civility and charm and we will miss him enormously. His impact on Leicester – the football club and the city – will be remembered forever.”