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Leicester owner, 5 others die in helicopter crash

Emotional fans attended the stadium this morning to lay flowers following the helicopter crash

Leicester City owner Srivaddhanaprabha is reportedly among five people feared dead after his helicopter crashed in a ball of flames in the club’s stadium car park last night.

The eight-seater helicopter had flown from the King Power Stadium pitch live on TV moments before the explosion.

Hundreds of fans have flocked to the stadium this morning to lay floral tributes following the horror helicopter crash.

Joe Birch, 24, a big fan of the team told The Sun Online: “I saw it from the telly last night, it was terrible.”

Fans comfort each other at the stadium this morning. Supporters have said Srivaddhanaprabha ‘wasn’t like other owners’

He continued: “I have a season ticket, I am a fan of the team. It was devastating, especially not knowing what has happened. The crash was really bad, I hope there are survivors but I don’t think so.”

Darren Lynas, 49, said: “We can’t thank him enough for what he did for the team and the city.”
In an emotional fan tribute, Mark Bates, 34, said: “You’re kind of hoping to hear something positive, a miracle. He wasn’t like other owners, he grasped the culture – he was loved by everyone.”

The tragedy is being described as the “darkest day” in the club’s history, as small bouquets were left outside the ground by members of the public on Sunday morning alongside a large image of the Hindu god Ganesh which was also propped up in amidst the flowers.

In a touching tribute, Thai school children were seen outside this afternoon praying at the stadium.

The group, dressed in dark ‘King Power’ sweatshirts lay flowers at the site before bowing in prayer.

Two friends, fans for many years came tearing up to leave flowers.

Andrew Stansall , 50 said: “I was in the game but I had left by the time it happened.”

He continued: “I heard the helicopter take off because I live close by. It seems like the owner was inside. “He has done so much, not only for the team but for the city.  The whole town will be mourning, he will never be forgotten.”

Devastated Leicester fans have flocked to the stadium this morning to leave floral tributes following the horrific helicopter crash

Manny Griffin, 50, said: “We are devastated. He was such a unique owner, really close to me fans.

“We would be talking about hope an hour after the crash, now I don’t know.

“All the fans will be mourning, I hope his legacy will continue. That would be great for him.”



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