LEICESTER, England – Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, owner of English football club Leicester City, was killed on Saturday night when his helicopter crashed in front of a stadium in a flame ball, the team confirmed on Sunday.
The helicopter crashed at 8:30 pm in front of King Power Stadium following the game of Leicester City against West Ham United. One of the two daughters of Mr. Vichai, Voramas Srivaddhanaprabha; two pilots; There was also a reported unidentified fifth person on board.
With no official statements made by Mr. Vichai's family, the football club, or the police for more than 24 hours after the crash, the fans had filled the void full of hope and gratitude to the owner and his family.
On Sunday, a steady stream of fans – first dozens and then hundreds – rose to King Power Stadium, with flowers, scarves and Leicester's Royal Blue jerseys. and laid their tributes in front of an improvised shrine in front of the stadium.
On the wall was a picture of Ganesha – a testimony to the strong Hindu population in the city, about 102 miles northwest of London – and a small Buddha statue. a tribute to Mr. Vichai's faith.
Rosemary Page said she could not stay home on Sunday. She and she had not been able to sleep since she and her husband Andrew heard reports of the crash.
"They just want to get more and more information," said Ms. Page, 61 in front of the stadium. "It does not feel real. He was the best owner this club has ever had. "
For many, the crash felt personal. Mr. Vichai, a Thai billionaire who founded the duty-free retail giant King Power International and controls a portion of AirAsia, the region's largest discounter, has been valued by fans since he bought the team in 2010 for £ 39m.  It was weakened in the second championship. He then turned it into a Premier League champion until 2016 – the first title in his 132-year history.
Among the honors at King Power Stadium were photos of Mr. Vichai at the Victory Parade and a T-shirt, printed after the victory of 2016, and read, "Champions of England, we know what we are."
His popularity, however, was not just based on his success.
Community of the city, gave so much to charity, "said Nick Orr, 58, who came to the stadium to pay tribute to his family. "He was just such a nice man. I do not say it lightly, but it feels like losing a member of your family.
When the bouquets and souvenirs always arrived on Sundays, the staff locked more than one shrine outside the stadium as a shrine, as fans I expected a word about Mr. Vichai, who joined his fans with beer, scarves for his birthday , Had given away pies, hot dogs and donuts.
After Leicester City ended the game against West (1-1) Ham on Saturday, many witnesses said they saw the helicopter clear the stadium before it went out of control. An investigation is underway to find out what exactly drove the helicopter.
The city felt already in mourning, as many feared the worst, even before the death of Srivaddhanaprabha was confirmed.
"Everyone is waiting to hear an update on a man we either never met or met a couple of times, but adore and adore," wrote Hayley Sanderson on Twitter. "That's the true meaning of football. The hearts are breaking all over the city right now.
"Absolutely devastating news about the # LCFC helicopter crash" Neil Harris wrote on Twitter . "Apart from the club's bankroll for a decade, these people have thrown millions into hospitals and local charities."
"One can not express the love and respect for them in this city," said Mr. Harris. 19659004] "I think most # LCFC fans wake up and wait for the inevitable news," wrote Kristopher Warder, who calls himself a "massive # LCFC fan" wrote on Saturday ] " He is the man who allowed us to live the dream. There is no owner in the country who comes close as closely associated with a city in which he was.
Some fans were hopeful.
Leicester City players Harry Maguire and Wilfred Ndidi shared their prayer demos on Twitter, as did former team member Islam Slimani. "Speechless," Ben Chilwell wrote, a defender
Gary Lineker, one of England's most famous former professional footballers and host of the popular BBC Match of the Day program, began his career with Leicester City, calling the events "a terrible tragedy". and "heartbreaking."
The news of the helicopter crash broke when Mr. Lineker's show started on Saturday night. "That was the most difficult @BBCMOTD I've ever had hosted, "he wrote on Twitter.
There was so much public interest in the crash that the Leicestershire police issued a statement calling on the public to "be patient, understand, and resist speculation about the details and circumstances."
On Sunday afternoon, emergency workers remained at the scene, and the police expected the investigation to continue in the coming days.