Leicester City’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has been confirmed dead following the helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.

Today’s front page of the Daily Mail hails the pilot, who was also killed, for managing to steer the chopper away from crowds before it hit the ground, allowing it to crash in a deserted car park.

Daily Mail front page 29 October 2018
Daily Mail front page 29 October 2018

It was also confirmed that two members of Srivaddhanaprabha’s staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, the pilot, Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz were killed alongside the Foxes owner. Reports that Srivaddhanaprabha’s daughter was also onboard turned out to be false.

Thousands of fans have already left flowers outside the stadium in tribute to the man who changed the fortunes of Leicester City forever.

Supporters pause at the pile of floral tributes outside Leicester City Football Club's King Power Stadium in Leicester, eastern England, on October 28, 2018 after a helicopter belonging to the club's Thai chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed outside the stadium the night before. - Leicester City's charismatic Thai chairman was the subject of growing concerns on October 28 after a helicopter belonging to the billionaire crashed and burst into flames in the stadium car park shortly after taking off from the club's pitch following the match against West Ham United on October 27. There was no confirmation whether London-based Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who frequently flies to and from Leicester's home games by helicopter, was on board the aircraft which appeared to develop mechanical problems. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Supporters pause at the pile of floral tributes outside Leicester City Football Club’s King Power Stadium in Leicester, eastern England, on October 28, 2018 after a helicopter belonging to the club’s Thai chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed outside the stadium the night before. – Leicester City’s charismatic Thai chairman was the subject of growing concerns on October 28 after a helicopter belonging to the billionaire crashed and burst into flames in the stadium car park shortly after taking off from the club’s pitch following the match against West Ham United on October 27. There was no confirmation whether London-based Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who frequently flies to and from Leicester’s home games by helicopter, was on board the aircraft which appeared to develop mechanical problems. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)
A boy arranges a club scarf around floral tributes piled outside Leicester City Football Club's King Power Stadium in Leicester, eastern England, on October 28, 2018 after a helicopter belonging to the club's Thai chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed outside the stadium the night before. - Leicester City's charismatic Thai chairman was the subject of growing concerns on October 28 after a helicopter belonging to the billionaire crashed and burst into flames in the stadium carpark shortly after taking off from the club's pitch following the match against West Ham United on October 27. There was no confirmation whether London-based Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who frequently flies to and from Leicester's home games by helicopter, was on board the aircraft which appeared to develop mechanical problems. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
A boy arranges a club scarf around floral tributes piled outside Leicester City Football Club’s King Power Stadium in Leicester (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

60-year-old Srivaddhanaprabha purchased Leicester City for £39m in 2010 and guided them into the history books with their Premier League title win against all the odds in 2016.

Leicester described 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.

A book of condolence will be opened at King Power Stadium on Tuesday morning. Leicester City’s next game against Southampton in the EFL Cup, due to take place on Tuesday evening, has been postponed.

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