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Premier League Team Announces Owner Died In Helicopter Crash

A general view of a soccer stadium from the vantage point of the goal.

(Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Hours after a helicopter crash belonging to the owner of the Premier League's Leicester City was announced, the team announced what everyone had feared: That owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha had been one of the victims of the tragedy.

On Saturday night, following a game against draw between Leicester City and West Ham United, the Leicester City owner's helicopter took off to take him away from the King Power Stadium.

Tragically, the helicopter crashed, killing Srivaddhanaprabha and the four others aboard the helicopter.

Leicester City released a statement just a short time ago:

A billionaire from Thailand, Srivaddhanaprabha took over ownership of the team in 2010 and uses his vast fortune to help the team return to the Premier League in 2014.

Then, in the 2015-16 season, Leicester City did the impossible: They won the Premier League despite pre-season odds considering them 5000-to-1 longshots to win the title.

The Premier League title was the first in the team's 132-year existence, and became one of the biggest upsets in the history of sports.