Leicester City helicopter crash: Gary Lineker posts moving tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after owner’s death is confirmed

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Along with the chairman, two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger were also killed and Lineker, whose association with the city and club stretch back many years, wanted to pay his respects

Gary Lineker has paid tribute to Leicester chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha following the confirmation of his death.

The 60-year-old, two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger were killed when their helicopter spiralled out of control, crashed and burst into flames on Saturday after the club’s game against West Ham.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was a hugely popular man in Leicester and with him as chairman, the club won the Premier League title despite being 5,000-1 outsiders

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was a hugely popular man in Leicester and with him as chairman, the club won the Premier League title despite being 5,000-1 outsiders

Thousands of mourners have left flowers outside the King Power stadium, with players also paying their respects.

Lineker, who began his professional football career at Leicester and has remained a fan ever since, said his recent Match of the Day broadcast was one of the most difficult he has ever done.

Lineker is from Leicester where his father ran a fruit and veg stall for more than 40 years. The former striker began his career at the club

Lineker is from Leicester where his father ran a fruit and veg stall for more than 40 years. The former striker began his career at the club

And on hearing confirmation that Srivaddhanaprabha had tragically lost his life, he posted a picture of the man holding the Premier League trophy on Instagram, alongside the caption: “Deeply saddened to hear the confirmation that Leicester chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was one of 5 people to lose their lives in the helicopter crash on Saturday evening.

“A quiet, unassuming man who will always be remembered with great fondness and respect. He also helped to bring the most magical, miraculous title win in the history of football. Thank you, Chairman for all you did for our football club. #RIP”

Geoff Peters, a talkSPORT reporter and lifelong Leicester fan, said Srivaddhanaprabha was “one of us” in an emotional tribute and highlighted how well thought of he was.

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