"He Changed Football forever": Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha named among victims of helicopter crash.
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"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." Leicester City Football Club have spoke of their owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's "kindness" and "generosity" as it is confirmed by Leicester City Police that he, his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz, his staff Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare and the pilot Eric Swaffer, died in a helicopter crash on Saturday while traveling from King Power Stadium at 20:30 BST. Thai Billionare Mr. Vichai, 60, married with four children, had bought the club in 2010 for £39M and cleared their debts. The Foxes had been 5000/1 outsiders at the start of the 2016 season, but through his leadership managed the amazing fete of winning the Premiere League. Beyond his impact on football he is known for his involvement in British horse-racing and his philanthropy. BBC South East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head noted he was a "generous donator" to "high-profile community projects" in Britain and Thailand. Leicester City Supporters Club chairman Cliff Ginetta spoke of how Vichai was "loved by the Leicester public" for what he'd "done to the football club and for what they have done for the city". Millions have went both into the club, hospitals and children's care in the area. The helicopter had just cleared the football team's stadium when the crash occured. "Emergency services were immediately on scene when the crash happened", Supt Steve Potter said, with attempts made to put the resulting fire and rescue those inside. "Despite those efforts, there were no survivors" and the investigation of the crash site is likely to take several days, he said.
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