Leicester City Owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Confirmed Dead in Helicopter Crash

Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died on Saturday in a helicopter crash outside of King Power Stadium following the club's 1-1 draw against West Ham, the organization announced on Sunday.

The accident took place just over an hour after the team's match with Srivaddhanaprabha taking off from the centre of the stadium's pitch, clearing the stands and crashing seconds later.

The chairman had used the helicopter to travel between the stadium and London on matchdays and the club confirmed that he was on board during the collision, which also involved four others.

"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," a club statement read.

"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."

Leicester announced its decision to postpone Tuesday's Carabao Cup match against Southampton, as well as its development squad's fixture against Feyenoord in the Premier League International Cup, in the wake of the owner's death.

Srivaddhanaprabha purchased the club for a reported £39 million ($50 million) in 2010 and was the onwer during Leicester City's shocking Premier League championship season in 2016 in which the club entered with 5,000-1 odds.

Emercency services were on the scene immediately in order to "establish the exact circumstances of the collision," while the Premier League, as well as numerous other players and clubs around England, expressed their concern when news broke of the helicopter crash, according to Leicester Police via the Associated Press.

"Thoughts from all at the Premier League are with everyone affected by tonight's incident," the Premier League tweeted.

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