THE EXTENT to which Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was held in high esteem became apparent yesterday when his death in a helicopter crash generated headlines in newspapers and TV stations across the globe.
"Today, our inspectors in Farnborough will start working on the recorder, which was subject to intense heat as a result of the post-accident fire".
Players such as Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel could be seen comforting Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha. In an emotional tribute to Vichai, the seven-year veteran of the club said- "You changed football".
The helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium on Saturday not only robbed families of loved ones, but also reminded us that there really are so many more important things in life than a game of football.
A man kneels with a statue of the Buddha and devotional scripture in front of the floral tributes gathered outside Leicester City Football Club's King Power Stadium in Leicester, eastern England, on October 28, 2018 after a helicopter belonging to the club's Thai chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed outside the stadium the night before.
The team then stood at the back of the shrine and looked out on the hundreds of flowers, cards and messages laid on the floor.
In Thailand there was disbelief at news of the crash, while in Leicester fans brought flowers and blue and white scarves bearing the club's emblem of a fox to lay at the stadium some 9,700 km from Vichai's homeland.
A minute's silence will also take place before Leicester's next match, which could be at home to Burnley on October 11 if the Cardiff match is postponed. "It drove us to reach the Premier League, it gave us the strength to stay in the Premier League, and now it has inspired us to win the Premier League". His father had long made clear he was grooming him to continue the empire.
"But let's be fair, I don't think any of that would have happened had it not been for the owner".
Many fans have confirmed they plan to do a minute's applause during the 60th minute of all of Leicester's games between now and the end the season.
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha rose from obscurity as a printer and leather goods trader to become the improbable hero of a city in England's Midlands.
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"No businessman just sits around and waits for others to give them concessions", he was reported as saying.
Writing on Twitter, he said: "I can't believe it".
Leicester City Owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Feared Dead as His Helicopter Crashes Near Stadium After Premier League Match, View Pics and Videos. "I will truly miss you, may you rest in peace".
He said on Instagram: "Struggling to find the right words, but to me you are a legend, an incredible man who had the biggest heart, the soul of Leicester City Football Club".
Wes Morgan was the captain of that side and said: "Absolutely heartbroken and devastated regarding the news of our chairman".
"A man that was loved and adored by everyone here at LCFC and someone who I had personally had the utmost respect for".
"It's just so sad, it's tragic".
"And I don't know if the siblings will have enough clout in those terms".
Along with other family members and executives from King Power, the two were also seen laying wreaths at the crash site in a auto park near the stadium, which is still cordoned off as air accident investigators pick through the wreckage.
Bankrolling Leicester City but without the lavish spending of the bigger clubs, the Thai billionaire oversaw one of the greatest underdog successes in sports when the 5,000-1 outsiders won soccer's richest competition in 2016.
"His impact on Leicester - the football club and city - will be remembered forever".