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Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's beautiful programme notes after Leicester City won the PL

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Leicester City confirmed the news no one wanted to hear on Sunday that the club's owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, died in Saturday's helicopter crash.

Moments after taking off from the centre circle inside the King Power Stadium, Srivaddhanaprabha's helicopter spiralled out of control and crashed just outside.

Four other people, including the pilot and two members of staff, tragically lost their lives as the helicopter burst into a ball of flames.

A statement from Leicester read: "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."

It's also been confirmed that Leicester's game against Southampton in the EFL Cup on Tuesday has been postponed. So too has the Development Squad's fixture with Feyenoord.

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Srivaddhanaprabha will be remembered as a kind and generous man who understood Leicester fans and guided the club to Premier League glory against all odds in 2016.

A few words from his title-winning programme notes from two years ago have now resurfaced and they're beautifully fitting after Saturday's tragedy. He wrote:

"Our spirits exist because of the love we share for each other and the energy it helps to create, both on and off the pitch, and in years to come, it will continue to be our greatest asset."

Srivaddhanaprabha may be gone, but the love and legacy he's left behind at the King Power means his spirit will live on.

May he rest in peace.

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