Leicester City owner, four others dead in helicopter crash

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Another impressive signing Harry Maguire, bought from second-division Hull less than a year before starring for England at this summer's World Cup, thanked Vichai for his support during his time in Russian Federation with the Three Lions.

"I can't get over it". Thank you for everything you did for me, my family and our club.

A steady stream of grieving fans laid down football scarves and shirts outside the home fans' entrance as aviation experts picked through small pieces of wreckage scattered on the stadium's edge.

Andrew Aldwinckle said: "He was more like he was a supporter, a proper supporter, rather than a money man. As far as we're concerned, that's it".

Yoga fanatic Ms Suknamai regularly posted her workouts on Instagram as well as other shots from Venice, Milan, Nice, Paris, Royal Ascot and the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation in the summer.

Prayers and words of warm praise poured in from across Britain and beyond for the Thai boss who many credit with spurring Leicester's against-all-odds Premier League title victory in 2016.

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"Everyone at #MUFC is deeply saddened to learn that the Leicester City chairman and four fellow passengers have lost their lives following last night's tragic incident", the 20-time English champions said via Twitter. Vichai told the Leicester City website at the time of the honor, "It is our family's greatest honor to receive this royally granted surname. They will have a chance to serve the nation in the future".

"We now have a responsibility as a club, as players and fans to honour you".

Srivaddhanaprabha, 61, died when his helicopter spiralled out of control into a staff vehicle park shortly after taking off from the King Power Stadium after Leicester's 1-1 draw with West Ham on Saturday.

While still holding out glimmers of hope, silence from the club and their Thai owners made most people presume the worst.

Srivaddhanaprabha was one of five persons that died in the crash.

The club described Mr Srivaddhanaprabha as "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".

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Claudio Ranieri had been out of work since being fired by the weak Greece national team and his only job in the Premier League at Chelsea ended 11 years earlier.

And while pumping tens of millions of pounds into the team, club infrastructure and reducing debt, Vichai spent judiciously.

Figures in the world of Thai politics, football and even the royal family spoke of a "warm" and "generous" man, who had brought national pride to Thailand in his role as a businessman and as Leicester City chairman.

"We extend our deepest sympathy to Mr Srivaddhanaprabha's family and friends, and to Leicester City at this sad time". "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".

A book of condolence will be open from 8am tomorrow morning at the King Power Stadium for fans to pay their respects.

Vichai's connections to the upper echelons of Thai society were also demonstrated by the personal condolences offered by Thai royal family member, Princess Ubolratana Rajajanya Sirivadhana Bavardi, who said Vichai's death was a "great loss to the football world".

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The business world remembers Vichai as the retail entrepreneur who started with one shop and grew Thailand's massive King Power duty-free chain.

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