Thai Billionaire and owner of English Premiership Club, Leicester City, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was killed when his helicopter crashed on Saturday.
Mr Srivaddhanaprabha was killed with four other passengers, in a tragedy which has stunned the football world.
The 61-year-old and King Power CEO was on board with two personal assistants and two crew members when his helicopter was heading for Luton airport, but a mechanical failure ended in a disaster which has left the Premier League club in mourning.
The football club confirmed the passing of their owner in a statement which reads:
— Leicester City (@LCFC) October 28, 2018
“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. None of the five people on-board survived,” the club statement read.
Prince William, who is the president of the Football Association (FA), said Mr Vichai made a big contribution to football, adding that Leicester City’s Premier League title-winning season “captured the imagination of the world”.
“He will be missed by all fans of the sport and everyone lucky enough to have known him,” he said.
Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s wife Aimon and son Aiyawatt, Leicester City vice-chairman, visited the King Power Stadium on Monday afternoon to lay a wreath among a sea of tributes from fans across the footballing world, while the Leicester City squad did the same an hour later.
Many of Leicester’s players were scheduled to train on Sunday morning but the session was cancelled and the Carabao Cup tie against Southampton on Tuesday will be postponed. Leicester also called off their Women’s Championship and reserve matches which were due to take place on Sunday.