At first, little or no info was identified in regards to the crash apart from the helicopter belonged to Srivaddhanaprabha.
Rumours circled within the media that Leicester’s coach, Claude Puel, was on board. Folks additionally queried whether or not England’s nationwide staff supervisor Gareth Southgate was on the plane after he was noticed on the sport.
Each Puel and Southgate confirmed they weren’t on board the helicopter late on Sunday night.
In an announcement on its Twitter account, Leicester confirmed its chairman had died within the crash together with 4 different unnamed folks. No passengers survived the crash.
“The first ideas of everybody on the membership are with the Srivaddhanaprabha household and the households of all these on-board at the moment of unspeakable loss,” mentioned the assertion.
“In Khun Vichai, the world has misplaced an ideal man. A person of kindness, of generosity and a person whose life was outlined by the love he dedicated to his household and people he so efficiently led. Leicester Metropolis was a household below his management. It’s as a household that we’ll grieve his passing and preserve the pursuit of a imaginative and prescient for the membership that’s now his legacy.”
Srivaddhanaprabha purchased Leicester Metropolis in 2010 and poured thousands and thousands into the membership. The founder, proprietor, and chairman of Thailand’s largest duty-free retailer King Energy Responsibility Free famously helped the membership obtain what many would name probably the most surprising accomplishment in soccer historical past, when Leicester gained the Premier League regardless of 5,000/1 odds.
After their triumph in English soccer, Srivaddhanaprabha purchased the entire gamers their very own BMW i8. Most of the stars from the membership’s title successful marketing campaign in 2015/16 launched messages of disappointment on Monday morning.
“You impressed me and I believed in you,” he wrote. “You made me really feel like nothing was not possible. With out you and your loved ones, all this, all the things we did collectively all the things we achieved would by no means have occurred. You gave me experiences that solely occur in fantasy.”
Folks have additionally begun leaving flowers on the base of Leicester’s King Energy stadium in memorial.
Srivaddhanaprabha was additionally a serious determine within the better Leicester neighborhood, donating £2 million kilos in the direction of the development of a brand new youngsters’s hospital within the metropolis.