Leicester City open book of condolence for fans to pay respect to owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha following helicopter crash

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The chairman lost his life, among with four other people, when his helicopter crashed outside the King Power stadium

Leicester City will open a book of condolence on Tuesday so fans can pay tribute to owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha following his death.

City Hall and County Hall will also light up in blue this week to honour the 60-year-old Thai billionaire, who was among five people killed when his helicopter crashed shortly after taking off from the King Power Stadium on Saturday night.

People sign the book of condolence at the King Power

People sign the book of condolence at the King Power

Nusara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, Izabela Roza Lechowicz and pilot Eric Swaffer were the others who lost their lives.

The Premier League club have postponed Tuesday’s Carabao Cup game at home to Southampton, but the book will be available in a marquee outside the club shop from 8am until 10pm “for the foreseeable future”.

An online book will be available via the club’s website for those who cannot make it in person.

“The club would like to thank supporters for their overwhelming support and kind wishes since the tragic events of Saturday evening,” a Leicester statement said.

On Monday, son and vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha was joined by his mother, Aimon at the ground as they laid a wreath during an emotional morning.

Aimon and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha laid a wreath outside the King Power Stadium

Aimon and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha laid a wreath outside the King Power Stadium

Club officials, including director of football Jon Rudkin and chief executive Susan Whelan, also attended as they viewed the floral tributes.

The president of the Thai FA Somyot Poompanmoung and his wife, Potjaman Poompamoung, were among the group.

The first-team squad, along with manager Claude Puel, then spent 10 minutes looking at the tributes on Monday afternoon.

New Ipswich boss Paul Lambert, who lives locally, also came to the stadium to pay his respects.

Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby said: “The outpouring of grief we are seeing at the King Power stadium demonstrates just how much the people of Leicester have taken Vichai and his family to their hearts.”

Vardy, the club’s striker, makes his way around the perimeter at the King Power

Vardy, the club’s striker, makes his way around the perimeter at the King Power

Claudio Ranieri, who led the Foxes to the Premier League title in 2016, said he was “terribly shaken” by the news.

He told Sky in Italy: “He was a good man and always had a positive word for everyone. His positivity and ability to make everybody love him was clear for all to see.

“He came into the dressing room only to dispense kind words, never to reproach you.

Ranieri was the coach who guided Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016

Ranieri was the coach who guided Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016

“One time, soon after my birthday, he arrived in the dressing room with a huge cake and made everyone sing ‘Happy Birthday’. He was an illuminated man and everything he touched became better.

“Now it’s up to his son (Aiyawatt), who has always been in love with football, to carry on in his father’s footsteps.”

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