Leicester Club Statement: Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
It is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we confirm our Chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those to have tragically lost their lives on Saturday evening when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crashed outside King Power Stadium. None of the five people on-board survived.
The primary thoughts of everyone at the Club are with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the families of all those on-board at this time of unspeakable loss.
In Khun Vichai, the world has lost a great man. 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. Leicester City was a family under his leadership. 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, which will be shared with the Srivaddhanaprabha family, will be opened at King Power Stadium from 8am on Tuesday 30 October for supporters wishing to pay their respects.
Supporters unable to visit King Power Stadium that wish to leave a message can do so through an online book of condolence, which will be made available via lcfc.com in due course.
Both Tuesday’s First Team fixture against Southampton in the EFL Cup and the Development Squad fixture against Feyenoord in the Premier League International Cup have been postponed.
Everyone at the Club has been truly touched by the remarkable response of the football family, whose thoughtful messages of support and solidarity have been deeply appreciated at this difficult time.
Evertonians are united today with the entire football family in directing our thoughts and prayers to the loved ones of Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and those who also passed away last night in the tragic accident at the King Power Stadium.
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha will forever be remembered for the fairytale that was Leicester’s Premier League title triumph in 2015-16.
As Evertonians, we witnessed first-hand the joy of a club on their day of celebration. Today we stand with them again to mourn this devastating loss of life.
Everton Majority Shareholder Farhad Moshiri said: “We extend our thoughts and prayers to everyone associated with Leicester City and, of course, to those closest to Vichai, as well as to the families of those who also passed away. It is a tragedy, a deep loss that will be felt by so many and we are with you in this terrible moment.”
Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright said: “The overwhelming sadness we feel today is deepened by the fact that Vichai was such a warm and generous personality. His pride in Leicester City’s great achievements was matched by his humility. Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones as well as to the family and loved ones of those others who passed away.”