Tom Meighan On Leicester Helicopter Crash: It Feels Like The Dream Has Died
29 October 2018, 15:58 | Updated: 30 October 2018, 15:40
The Kasabian frontman has joined the fans gathered at King Power Stadium to mourn the loss of their chairman.
Tom Meighan has gathered with Leicester City fans at King Power Stadium to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in a shocking helicopter accident.
It was confirmed that the club's owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff - Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare - pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz died in the crash, which occurred just outside of the stadium on Saturday 27 October.
The Kasabian frontman has since spoken to the press at the site of the tributes, saying he felt that he "had to" come down.
As reported by Leicestershire Live, the homegrown rocker and LCFC fan said: "They've come in, they got us out of debt, we avoided relegation, won the Premier League, and now it's this.
"It feels like it's died - the dream's dead now. It's horrible. It's a horrible feeling."
Watch him speak to Sky News above.
"I've been going [to see] Leicester since I was six, seven years old, so it's massive," said Meighan.
"It's the people I grew up with. My mates and everything. Everyone involved in the club. The people. The city. Everyone's affected."
Speaking about the chairman, he added: "He was loved wasn't he? I met him. He was a lovely chap."We'll have to dig deep for this one, won't we?"
Kasabian, who are Leicester natives and life-long fans of the football team, previously took to Twitter to share their 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".
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— KasabianHQ (@KasabianHQ) October 28, 2018
Tributes have continued to pour in from across the sports world.
Gary Lineker remembered the chairman with "fondness and respect".
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Deeply saddened to hear the confirmation that @lcfc chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was one of 5 people to lose their lives in the helicopter crash on Saturday evening. A quiet, unassuming man who will always be remembered with great fondness and respect. He also helped to bring the most magical, miraculous title win in the history of football. Thank you, Chairman for all you did for our football club. #RIP
Welsh football pundit and former footballer Robbie Savage called it an "absolutely terrible day".
What an absolutely terrible terrible day , my thoughts and prayers are with everyone at my old club Leicester city— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) October 27, 2018
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.
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