DMU holds minute’s silence to commemorate death of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

By Ollie Churm

Staff and students from De Montfort University (DMU) gathered to pay their respects to Leicester City FC owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha three days after his tragic death in a helicopter crash.

At 11am on Tuesday morning, October 30, five bells rang out from Leicester Cathedral to signal the start of a minute’s silence which was followed by a minute’s applause at the gathering outside the Hugh Aston building on Campus.

Professor Dominic Shellard, Vice-Chancellor of DMU, spoke at the meeting and mentioned the impact Khun Vichai had on both the city of Leicester and DMU.

He said: “DMU sends its deepest condolences to the families of the five victims of the crash. We will mourn them all.”

The commemoration comes after Mr Srivaddhanaprabha, along with four others, died in a helicopter crash which happened outside Leicester City’s King Power Stadium on Saturday, following their match against West Ham United.

The 60-year-old father of four became the owner of Leicester City after buying the club in 2010 and oversaw them defying the odds to win the 2015/16 Premier League as 5000/1 outsiders after promotion from the Championship the season before.

Mr Shellard, speaking at the gathering, said: “We’ve got a book of condolences that we invite you all to sign, that we will send off to Leicester City.”

After the minute’s silence and minute’s applause, staff and students formed a queue and waited patiently to pay their respects and send their best wishes to the families of the five victims, by writing in the book of condolences.


Liam Smith, 20, a DMU student and Leicester City fan, was at the gathering to pay his respects. He said: “He really changed the club. He saw us go up from the Championship and saw us through the miracle win of the Premier League.

“But more than that, he put money into the local hospital in Leicester and really did a lot to help the community.”

Mr Smith continued: “It’s a tragedy and he will be missed.”

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: