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.
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.
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.