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>> The soccer world is reeling from the death of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, now confirmed by authorities to have died in a helicopter crash outside the stadium of Britain's' Leicester City soccer team, the team he owned. He's most famous for transforming Leicester City from an obscure local outfit to the most unlikely of underdog champions.
The team took the elite English Premier League title at 5,000 to 1 odds two years ago, surpassing powerhouses like Manchester United and Chelsea in the process. Absolutely heartbroken and devastated tweeted Leicester's captain Wes Morgan. Others described him as the charmer and a gentleman. Srivaddhanaprabha was a billionaire from Thailand who took a much more hands on approach to both the team and it's fans than most foreign owners.
For the team, he flew in Buddhist Monks from Thailand to bless their efforts. For the fans, he bought food and beer, and he himself once rose from obscurity. He started as the owner of a single duty-free shop in 1989, and eventually grew to buy a massive chain of duty-free shops worth 5 billion dollars.
He rubbed elbows with royalty. It's not clear yet how the crash occurred. Witnesses say the chopper took off from the stadium about an hour after a game on Saturday, and crashed within moments. There were four other people in the aircraft and none survived. Two were members of his staff, the pilot and reportedly, the pilot's girlfriend, who was also a pilot.
BBC reports the pilot had 20 years experience.