University students and staff pay respects after Leicester City chairman dies in helicopter crash

By Alex Murray

De Montfort University students and staff paid their respects on Tuesday after the passing of Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

The beloved chairman of the Foxes, who funded the club’s rise from League One to the Premier League title, sadly passed away on Saturday after his helicopter crashed just outside the King Power Stadium.

Staff and students gathered yesterday to pay their respects to the Chairman. De Montfort University Vice-Chancellor Dominic Shellard read out a speech, before staff and students began a minute’s silence.

This was then followed by a minute’s applause, in typical football style.


Preparations for the event at DMU’s Hawthorn Square

Robert Fitzpatrick, who also attended the game between West Ham and Leicester on the night, said: “It really says a lot about the man of like how many people have come out today. I mean not even just today but over the couple of days since it happened.

“What I really think people didn’t realise until after his death was actually how much he did for the community and not just Leicester City Football Club. One thing I can think of off the top of my head that I saw was that Leicester needed £10 million pounds to build a new Hospital round here and he donated £2 million towards that. That really shows the character of the man.”

The event saw a big turnout of staff and students, with many more signing a book of condolences that will be sent to the club by the University.

Leicester City, and the owner’s company King Power, had a unique partnership with DMU, with the club and owner helping the University to recruit students in South East Asia.

Further respects to the Chairman were paid at the King Power Stadium, with a book of condolences being opened at the ground on Tuesday.

Big queues of people lined up to write their words of respect to the Thai owner of the Foxes, with more scarves, shirts and various other items being left at the stadium as people show their respect for Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.




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