Leicester City owner among five dead in Helicopter Crash

Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha dies in helicopter horror crash

Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has been pronounced dead, following a crash in his private helicopter on Saturday evening.

He was one of five people killed - along with two members of his staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, and the two pilots of the helicopter, Eric Swaffer and Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

The man who led Leicester to the most unlikely of Premier League successes, was well known for his fashionable exit from home games.

An hour after the club's home draw with West Ham United in the Premier League, Srivaddhanaprabha boarded his helicopter as he prepared to leave the King Power stadium, before moments later it went spiralling out of control.

The 60-year-old was a hugely popular figure at Leicester, having bought the club for £39m in 2010. With his backing the club won the Premier League in 2016 for the first time in its history, defying the odds of 5,000/1.

A father to four, he was also respected locally for his charity work in the community, having donated £2m to Leicester Children’s Hospital and £1m to the local university. The year that Leicester won the league, he handed out free beer and pies to their fans, and awarded each player with a brand new car.

The self-professed billionaire was also well known in the racing world. Under the ownership of King Power Limited, Srivaddhanaprabha launched a big investment two years ago which has seen him relish several group winners.

Rob Hornby partnered the Andrew Balding-trained Morando - sporting the colours of Leicester City, when sharing first place with Young Rascal in the St Simon Stakes at Newbury on Saturday afternoon.

Srivaddhanaprabha also owned the likes of Well Done Fox and Donjuan Triumphant - who placed in the Qipco Sprint Stakes over a week ago. Arguably, his most successful horse was Beat the Bank, who won multiple group races including the Celebration Mile at Goodwood in August.

Bye Bye Kong was due to run at Chantilly on Sunday, but was withdrawn as a matter of respect. Hero Hero and Twin Star who were declared to run at Leicester racecourse today, have also been scratched.

His legacy - not only for Leicester City, but in the racing world, will never be forgotten.

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