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Lineker pays moving tribute to 'quiet, unassuming' Srivaddhanaprabha

9:07 pm AEDT 29/10/18
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
The ex-England and Leicester great has paid a heartfelt tribute to the Foxes owner after his tragic death on Saturday night

Gary Lineker has taken to social media to share his own personal tribute for the Leicester City owner and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Leicester confirmed on Sunday that Srivaddhanaprabha died when his helicopter crashed outside the King Power Stadium around an hour after Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw against West Ham.

The Thai businessman was on board with two members of his staff, another passenger and the pilot of the aircraft, who also lost their lives in the freak accident.

Former England striker Lineker starred for Leicester during the early stages of his career and remains a passionate supporter of his hometown club.

"Deeply saddened to hear the confirmation that @lcfc chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was one of five people to lose their lives in the helicopter crash on Saturday evening," Lineker wrote in an Instagram post.

"A quiet, unassuming man who will always be remembered with great fondness and respect."

Srivaddhanaprabha took over Leicester in 2010, becoming their chairman the following year, and bankrolled their astonishing Premier League title triumph as 5,000-1 outsiders under Claudio Ranieri in 2015-16.

"He also helped to bring the most magical, miraculous title win in the history of football," Lineker added.

"Thank you, chairman, for all you did for our football club."