Tributes pour in for Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

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Tributes from supporters are seen outside Leicester City Football Club after a helicopter crashed Saturday killing Leicester City's owner, Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and four other people, in Leicester, England, Monday Oct. 29 2018. The helicopter crashed in flames in a car park next to the soccer club's stadium shortly after it took off from the pitch following a Premier League game on Saturday night. (Rui Vieira/AP)

The soccer world is mourning the loss of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after the Leicester City owner was killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday.

Srivaddhanaprabha, 60, was one of five people killed in the crash shortly after departing King Power Stadium after attending his club’s game.

The late team owner leaves a lasting legacy in the Leicester community, both on and off the pitch.

Away from the game, the Thai billionaire businessman and founder/owner of King Power Duty Free, leaves a legacy of generosity. According to the New York Times, Srivaddhanaprabha donated millions to various charities and institutions in and around the city to directly help those in the community. He also often treated fans to free drinks and food at games, among other simple acts for those making the trip to see the Foxes play.

On the pitch, he transformed a struggling franchise from a tier-two team when he purchased the club in 2010 to the most unlikely of Premier League champions to top off a Cinderella 2015-16 season as sports’ greatest underdog story.

Tributes have been pouring in, both in person at King Power Stadium and online, which give a glimpse into what Srivaddhanaprabha brought to the game. Here’s how various members of the Premier League community are remembering him:

Struggling to find the right words….but to me you are legend, an incredible man who had the biggest heart, the soul of Leicester City Football Club. Thank you for everything you did for me, my family and our club. I will truly miss you…. may you rest in peace…#theboss

97.5k Likes, 1,031 Comments – Jamie Vardy (@vardy7) on Instagram: “Struggling to find the right words….but to me you are legend, an incredible man who had the…”

One of the best person I’ve ever met . I will never forget you . Rest In Peace Vichai

374k Likes, 2,457 Comments – RM26 (@riyadmahrez26.7) on Instagram: “One of the best person I’ve ever met . I will never forget you . Rest In Peace Vichai”

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