Leicester to honour owner killed in helicopter crash with statue outside stadium - 'He will never be forgotten'

Leicester City will honour their late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with a statue outside the English Premier League club's King Power Stadium following his death in a helicopter crash last month.

The 60-year-old Thai billionaire died on October 27 with four others when his helicopter crashed next to the stadium after a match.

His son and vice-chairman Aiyawatt confirmed the commissioning of a statue in a personal tribute in a souvenir programme to be given to all fans at Saturday's home Premier League game against Burnley.

"We will never be able to repay what he did for us -- for me as his son, us as his family, everyone connected to Leicester City and beyond -- but we are committed to honouring his memory and upholding his legacy," he wrote.

"I plan to commission a statue of my father, for outside King Power Stadium, as a permanent and fitting tribute to the man that made it all possible. He will forever be in our hearts. He will never be forgotten."

In the eight years of Vichai's ownership, Leicester caused one of soccer's biggest shocks by winning the Premier League title in 2016.

Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire were seen among the teams' players, alongside Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's son. Source: Associated Press


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