Leicester City Football Club’s Thai billionaire owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died in a helicopter crash on Saturday near the club’s stadium in Leicester, England, the club said on Sunday.
Srivaddhanaprabha, 60, was one of five people on board the aircraft when it burst into flames after crashing in a parking lot next to King Power Stadium, with no one surviving.
“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.”
The statement described the chairman as a “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.”
Srivaddhanaprabha invested a lot of money in the cub which saw them crowned English Premier League champions in 2015, a season after narrowly avoiding the relegation drop.
A book of condolences has been opened at the King Power Stadium where fans can leave their messages.
His son and daughter are expected to run the club going forward.