Leicester City owner's funeral: When & where will Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's vigil take place?

The Thai businessman was involved in a fatal helicopter crash on Saturday outside of the home of the Foxes

The football world was rocked by news of the passing of Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died in a tragic helicopter accident on Saturday.

The Thai businessman was an influential figure behind the scenes for the Foxes, and he will go down in history for having achieved what was once thought deliriously impossible: winning the Premier League title with Leicester.

Thousands of fans, players and locals have paid tribute for the well-liked Srivaddhanaprabha, with thousands visiting his memorial at King Power Stadium.

Goal will keep you updated with further news of a funeral and official vigil held for Srivaddhanaprabha.

On Saturday night, a fatal incident occurred where a helicopter crashed close to the King Power Stadium. Five were confirmed to be dead on the scene, including Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

The helicopter was believed to have lost control shortly after take-off following the end of Leicester’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.

Sirvaddhanaprabha has since been remembered fondly by colleagues and those involved in the football industry far and wide. The Thai businessman had owned Leicester City since 2010 and was a popular figure amongst Foxes supporters – with the club’s fairytale Premier League success in 2015-16 to be long ingrained within his legacy at the club.

A club statement 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.”

Srivaddhanaprabha’s funeral will be held at the Debsirin Temple in Bangkok and the procession will last seven days, beginning on Saturday November 3.

HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn has granted an octagonal urn for the funeral bathing rite, which will begin at 5:30pm local time (10:30am GMT/ 6:30am ET). 

Supporters, players and locals have paid tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha by leaving flowers and gifts outside of the King Power Stadium.

Following news of the tragic accident, visitors by the tens of thousands have paid their respects to the late businessman by leaving Leicester memorabilia, scarves, shirts and candles on the scene.

A book of condolence can be signed at the ground or online via the club’s official website and it will be shared with his family.

Leicester players have visited the memorial to pay tribute to the businessman, with the likes of Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire all having given their condolences.

Current players, ex-players and members of the footballing world all took to social media to speak of their sadness about Srivaddhanaprabha’s death.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel shared his on tribute on Twitter:

“You changed football. Forever! You gave hope to everyone that the impossible was possible, not just to our fans, but to fans all over the world in any sport! Not many people have done that

“When you signed me back in 2011 you said to me we would be in the Champions League within six years and we would do great things. You inspired me and I believed in you. You made me feel like nothing was impossible. Without and your family, all this, everything we did together, everything we achieved would never have happened. You gave me experiences that only happen in fantasy.

“You literally made my dreams come true.”


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