Leicester City players visit memorial to club's owner at stadium

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Prince William, who is the president of the FA, then concluded: "He will be missed by all fans of the sport and everyone lucky enough to have known him".

The 61-year-old was one of three passengers aboard who lost their lives, along with two crew members.

Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two of his staff and two pilots were killed when the Thai billionaire's helicopter crashed in flames near the team's ground.

"As a club, our admiration of the Leicester City miracle and what Vichai achieved with his team inspires us everyday in our work, and helps us set targets that before would have been deemed impossible".

Shilton, who was born in Leicester and made over 300 appearances for the Foxes between 1966 and 1974, said the city "will be in mourning for a long time".

"We feel deeply for the rest of the family but there is so much respect for what he's done for the club".

"Supporters unable to visit King Power Stadium that wish to leave a message can do so through an online book of condolence, which will be made available via lcfc.com in due course".

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But the club's fourth round League Cup tie with Southampton, scheduled for Tuesday at the King Power, was postponed because of the accident.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said it had recovered the aircraft's digital flight data recorder.

A spokesman added: "A team from the AAIB has been deployed to the site and is investigating".

The aircraft came down in a auto park near the King Power stadium shortly after 7.30pm local time, about an hour after the end of Leicester City's game against West Ham United. He recalled that the aircraft was spinning and out of control.

The tragedy is being described as the "darkest day" in Leicester City's history and mourners began laying wreaths near the stadium on Sunday morning.

Among the tributes was an image of Ganesh - a Hindu god also seen in Thai Buddhist temples.

Wembley Stadium posted an image on Twitter of the stadium lit up in the blue and white colours of Leicester City.

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The following season saw Leicester embark on a highly successful run to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

"I am so totally devastated".

Srivaddhanaprabha was popular with the fans and players at his club, and Eriksson says that is no surprise.

Teammate Jamie Vardy called Mr Srivaddhanaprabha a "legend".

Vichai bought Leicester for 39 million pounds ( million) in 2010 when it was in the second-tier Championship and funded the revival that peaked with the 5,000-1 outsiders producing one of the greatest upsets in sports by winning the title.

During his stewardship of the club, he also donated £2m to the Leicester Children's Hospital charity, £1m to the Foxes Foundation for community causes and £1m to Leicester University's medical department.

Ms Lechowicz was selected by her country's London embassy as one of 18 exceptional Polish women who inspired the community in the United Kingdom for being a pilot.

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