Leicester City Chairman Confirmed Dead in Post-Match Helicopter Crash
A helicopter carrying five people crashed into a parking lot outside Leicester City’s King Power stadium on Saturday shortly after the team’s match against West Ham United. On Sunday, Leicester City announced that Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the club’s chairman, died in the accident.
Srivaddhanaprabha, who became a billionaire through his chain of duty-free shops, led the Thailand-based consortium that purchased Leicester City in 2010. In 2016, the unheralded club pulled off one of the greatest upsets in sports history when it won the Premiere League title ahead of its much wealthier rivals. At the start of that season, Leicester City had been 500-1 underdogs to win it all.
Srivaddhanaprabha, whose investment was integral to that success, was a fixture at Leicester City home games. He routinely departed from matches in his helicopter, which would take off from the center of the pitch. On Saturday, witnesses say the helicopter appeared to lose control after it cleared the stands. Dan Cox, a Sky Sports cameraman who was shooting interviews outside King Power Stadium, described the accident to Sky News. “I just looked up and it was just spinning, static just out of control, just a constant spinning, I have never seen anything like it,” he said.
There is no news yet regarding the identities of the other passengers. Leicester City’s next home match, originally scheduled for Monday, has been postponed.