Ireland boss Martin O'Neill pays tribute to 'incredible gentleman' Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Flames Were Visible Outside Of The King Power Stadium

The Thai billionaire departed after his side's 1-1 Premier League draw with West Ham, before the aircraft he had boarded crashed into the auto park just moments later.

Fans were seen laying down football scarves and shirts outside Leicester City's King Power stadium yesterday.

Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has sadly passed away at the age of 61.

Leicester City owner and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is feared dead after his helicopter crashed on Saturday night outside of the King Power Stadium.

"We are assisting Leicestershire Police and the emergency services in dealing with a major incident at King Power Stadium", the club said in a statement.

Also a polo enthusiast, Vichai, 60, endeared himself forever to Leicester fans when the unfashionable club broke the grip of English football's traditional giants to win the Premier League in 2016 - the first top-flight title in their history.

Steve Walton, who wore the club's blue hat, said: "I think there's a lot of Leicester fans around the world - not just in Leicester, but around the world - who I think will be devastated and he meant a lot to the fans".

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The EFL (English Football League) said Leicester City's round-four Carabao Cup tie with Southampton, scheduled for Tuesday, had been postponed because of the incident.

Leicester City fans lay flowers, jerseys and flags at the King Power Stadium.

"He went into the community, he made donations to the universities, donations to the hospitals, and the Leicester people took to him", O'Neill told BBC Radio Ulster.

Eyewitnesses said the helicopter appeared to develop a mechanical problem in its rear rotor shortly after takeoff. "It turned silent, blades started spinning and then there was a big bang", he said.

Former Leicester City and England striker Gary Lineker signed off on Match of the Day by saying it had been a "dreadful day".

"We all know about the investment in the football club you and your family have made. A bad tragedy. Heartbreaking".

Srivaddhanaprabha was known for arriving and leaving the stadium in his helicopter at home games.

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Mr Srivaddhanaprabha's helicopter was flown by Eric Swaffer, 53 (pictured left with the Dalai Lama) who has posted pictures of the craft on social media.

Leicestershire Police has said the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) will now be leading the investigation into the circumstances of the helicopter crash.

A marquee was built for the monks at the ground ahead of Leicester's return to the Premier League in 2014, and they also joined players for prayers at the club's training ground.

"I've only worked here a year. but I felt he was kind", she said, explaining Vichai would often walk the sales floor greeting staff as he did his rounds.

They initially seemed outclassed by richer and more established clubs from London, Liverpool and Manchester, languishing at the very bottom of the table for most of the 2014/15 season.

Claudio Ranieri had been out of work since being fired by the weak Greece national team and his only job in the Premier League at Chelsea ended 11 years earlier.

The success also qualified them for the first time for the lucrative Champions League, the pinnacle of European soccer played by the continent's most successful sides, including Barcelona and Real Madrid.

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Leicester were promoted to the top flight by winning the Championship in the 2013/14 season just two years before shocking the world by winning the Premier League.

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