On October 28, Leicester City made official the news of the death of its president and owner. Meet the man behind this club
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was born into a family half Thai and half Chinese. He studied law in the city of Leicester and since 2010 was the owner and president of the team of this city, which belongs to the Premier League. This Sunday, October 28, the club made official the news of his death along with the other passengers of the helicopter that was transporting him to the King Power Stadium in the city of Leicester.
The official statement says: "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. 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."
Then he is described 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."
Without a doubt, this is a great loss for the English club. On Tuesday, October 30, the fans of the team and the people who wanted to share a message of condolences with the family of the businessman, approached the King Power Stadium to write a meaning message in a book that the club ordered.
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For those who live in other parts of the world or for those who could not attend the signing of the book, the club has arranged another online book so that fans and people close to the team can share their messages through the official website of the Leicester City. Both Premier League games that were scheduled for Tuesday were postponed to pay respect to the late president.
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.
The man behind the club
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was married to Aimon Srivaddhanaprabha, with whom he had four children: Voramas, Apichet, Aroonroong, and Aiyawatt. In his spare time, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was also an avid polo player, a traditional sport from England where he lived and where he ran his other businesses. Among these is King Power Duty Free, a Thai company that operates different Duty Free stores.
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His career with Leicester
The businessman bought Leicester City in 2010 and led it to win the Premier League in 2016 by buying some players and with a team strategy. Unlike the strategy of many clubs to buy players valued in large amounts of money, Leicester City was strengthened by buying some not so famous soccer players and make them grow within the team.
In addition, the leadership of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was also characterized by the hiring of Claudio Ranieri as coach of the team in the year they won the Premiere. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was undoubtedly very dear to the fans of the team. He was even considered a fan, in addition to a leader and a businessman.
There have been many reactions and messages of support for the family. Jamie Vardy, one of the team's legends, lamented the death of the president of Leicester with a post on Instagram. This is also the case of midfielder James Maddison and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, which shows how close the businessman was to the team and to those who composed it.
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Translated from "Recordamos a Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, el hombre que dio vida al Leicester City"
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