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    A portrait of Leicester City Football Club's Thai chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died in a helicopter crash at the club's stadium, is seen amid flowers and tributes outside the King Power Stadium in Leicester, eastern England, on October 29, 2018

    'Darkest Day in Club's History': Fans United in Mourning Leicester City Owner

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    Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died this weekend in a tragic helicopter crash, had seemingly forged a deep bond with the fans, with touching tributes pouring in on social media.

    Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the 60-year-old Thai retail tycoon who owned and chaired the Leicester City football club, was killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday evening outside his club's home stadium.

    The helicopter came down near the King Power Stadium around 8:30 p.m. (21:30 GMT) shortly after a match between Leicester City and the West Ham United.

    Leicestershire police reported that another four people had died in the crash, including two members of his staff, the pilot and an unnamed passenger.

    It was only on Sunday that the billionaire's death was confirmed; the club issued an online statement, praising 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."

    The statement was followed by similar emotional tributes from a handful of fellow British clubs and foreign teams.

    Leicester City fans are mourning the loss of the man behind their club's miracle run to clinch an against-all-odds Premier League title win.

    Vichai, who also owned the Thai duty-free retail giant King Power, bought Leicester City in 2010 when the club was in huge debt and struggling in England's second tier division. Foxes promoted to Premier League, England's top-flight league, after a 10-year absence in 2014 and won it in 2016 for the first time in their history. With bookmakers giving odds of 5,000/1 for their win ahead of the triumphant season, their road to glory has been widely praised as one of the greatest sporting stories in football.

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