Kasabian Join Tributes Following Leicester City Helicopter Crash

29 October 2018, 11:02 | Updated: 29 October 2018, 11:10

Kasabian's Tom Meighan and Serge Pizzorno at Leicester City's King Power Stadium
Kasabian's Tom Meighan and Serge Pizzorno at Leicester City's King Power Stadium. Picture: Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images

The Leicester band shared their shock and sadness at the event, which saw the LCFC chairman and four others lose their lives.

Kasabian have joined the tributes to those who lost their lives in the shocking helicopter crash at Leicester City Football Club's King Power Stadium.

As Leicestershire Live reports, police confirmed that the club's owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others are believed to have died in the crash, which occurred outside of the stadium shortly after 8.30pm on Saturday 27 October.

Supporters pay tribute to Leicester City Football Club Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
Supporters pay tribute to Leicester City Football Club Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/PA Images

It is believed that the other people killed in the crash were two members of Mr Vichai's staff - Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare - pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

Kasabian, who are Leicester natives and huge fans of the football team, took to Twitter to share their shock and sadness at the news, writing: "We are really shocked and saddened by the events of last night. Our thoughts are with everyone at @LCFC, their friends and their families X".

The football team had just drawn 1-1 with West Ham in the Premier League, with the chairman and four others .

As well as floral tributes left from fans outside the stadium, tributes have also poured in from across the sports world.

West Ham United reacted to the shocking news, sharing a statement on their website, which read: "We would like to send our sincere condolences to the family of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at this sad and tragic time. His immense contribution to Leicester City FC, the city of Leicester and English football will never be forgotten. Our condolences also go to the other families affected by the tragedy."

Gary Lineker remembered the chairman with "fondness and respect".

Welsh football pundit and former footballer Robbie Savage called it an "absolutely terrible day".

Dozens of football clubs have shared their condolences, while Prince William also sending a heartfelt message, which included: "I was lucky to have known Vichai for several years. He was a businessman of strong values who was dedicated to his family and who supported a number of important charitable causes."

The Duke of Cambridge added: "He made such a big contribution to football, not least through Leicester City's magical 2016 season that captured the imagination of the world"

Leicester City shared a statement on Twitter confirming the news and sending their thoughts to the Srivaddhanaprabha family over the "unspeakable loss".

The club adds that Tuesdays First Team fixture against Southhampton in the EFL Club and the Development Squad fixture against Feyenoord in the Premier League International Cup have been postponed.

A book of condolence will be opened from 8am on Tuesday 30 October at King Power Stadium for anyone wishing to pay their respects, with an online book being made available in due course.

Those affected or feeling overwhelmed by the news can contact Samaritans for emotional support on 116 123.

This number is free to call from any phone at any time and won't show up on your phone bill. Or you can email jo@samaritans.org or go to www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch of Samaritans, where you can talk to one of their trained volunteers face to face.