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Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was on board his helicopter when it crashed.

Numerous reasons why everyone at Leicester loves owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

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Leicester fans should have been leaving the King Power Stadium in high spirits after their 1-1 draw with West Ham.

Wilfried Ndidi’s 89th-minute earned a point for Claude Puel’s side and prevented their third consecutive defeat.

But moments after the match, disaster struck.

The helicopter of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha left the King Power centre circle as usual.

But second later, it crashed in a car park just outside the stadium.

It’s been confirmed that Srivaddhanaprabha and four others were on board and it’s feared they didn't survive.

We wait for official confirmation and Leicester fans will continue to pray for the 60-year-old Thai billionaire - and everyone else on board.

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But Srivaddhanaprabha is no regular owner.

He’s loved in Leicester and an article in The Sun explains exactly why.

They reveal that he would leave whisky and glasses for Leicester fans to toast lost loved ones before every match.

But that touching gesture is just one of many.

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Srivaddhanaprabha once lent his helicopter to goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel when the Dane left a family holiday for an advertising film shoot, so he could return to his holiday.

Financially, after purchasing Leicester in 2013, he dug the club out of debt after writing off the £103million in loans.

When the club achieved promotion to the Premier League, he took the whole squad and staff to an exclusive restaurant in west London where they were treated to caviar and fine wine.

They were also given £1000 each to gamble at a private members’ club.

And when Leicester did the unthinkable and won the Premier League, Srivaddhanaprabha treated every player to a £100,000 BMW i8s.

Leicester City Owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Presents Cars to His Players

Srivaddhanaprabha has previously spoken of his love of Leicester and explained why he decided to buy them.

"After spending time studying many clubs, I fell in love with Leicester,” he said.

“One reason was the colours, which were the same as my company’s. The other was the fact they were playing in the second tier. If we bought a Premier League club, it wouldn’t be challenging enough.”

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