Leicester City at Khun Vichai's cremation ceremony

LCFC Staff & Players Pay Final Tribute To Khun Vichai

Leicester City staff and players paid a final tribute to Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in Bangkok on Thursday, as His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand presided over the Cremation Ceremony of the Football Club’s beloved late Chairman.
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Khun Vichai tragically lost his life alongside four other people in a helicopter crash at King Power Stadium on Saturday 27 October, 2018.

A Leicester City congregation, including senior staff and First Team players, arrived in Thailand on Wednesday before attending a private vigil in remembrance.

On Thursday, they joined Vice-Chairman Khun Aiyawatt ‘Top’ Srivaddhanaprabha at the Buddhist Debsirindrawas Temple. 

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Brendan Rodgers at Khun Vichai's cremation ceremony
Brendan Rodgers at Khun Vichai's cremation ceremony

First Team Manager Brendan Rodgers attended the ceremony.

Upon their arrival, the players offered heartfelt condolences to Khun Vichai’s family - wife Khun Aimon and children Khun Voramas, Khun Apichet, Khun Aroonroong, and Khun Top.

During Khun Vichai’s Chairmanship at King Power Stadium, his dedication to establishing Leicester City as a force in English football transformed the Club beyond all recognition.

Inspired by their Chairman’s knowledge and guidance, Leicester City wrote one of the most extraordinary fairy tales in football history by winning the Premier League title in 2016.

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Christian Fuchs at Khun Vichai's cremation ceremony
Christian Fuchs at Khun Vichai's cremation ceremony

Leicester City's title-winning left-back, Christian Fuchs, pays his respects.

Khun Vichai’s immeasurable impact on the city of Leicester, meanwhile, is at the heart of a legacy which everyone at the Club is determined to protect over coming seasons.

In November of last year, The LCFC Foxes Foundation was renamed The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation in recognition of the love our Chairman felt for the people of Leicester.

Throughout his close association with the city, Khun Vichai committed over £4M in personal donations to Leicester’s universities, hospitals and charities – improving the lives of thousands of people across the Leicestershire region.

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Khun Vichai's cremation ceremony at King Power Stadium
Khun Vichai's cremation ceremony at King Power Stadium

The Club's staff watched live coverage of the ceremony on Filbert Way.

Following 100 days of mourning, the cremation, staged in Khwaeng Wat Thepsirin, Bangkok, began with Matika-Pangsukula recitations, the chanting of the Higher Teachings of the Buddha.

At King Power Stadium, staff were also joined by Buddhist monks, who watched on big screens as a ceremony which reflected Khun Vichai’s family values took place in Thailand.

Following religious recitations at the Main Royal Crematorium, His Majesty The King graciously presided over the Cremation Ceremony.

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Doves are released at King Power Stadium
Doves are released at King Power Stadium

Doves were released by the Club's staff at King Power Stadium.

At King Power Stadium, as the cremation took place in Thailand, doves symbolising Khun Vichai’s generosity of spirit were released into the heavens from the centre circle.

As Leicester City looks to the future, it is Khun Vichai’s legacy which will act as inspiration for everyone at the Club as we strive to add to the memories we have already shared.

On Saturday, the Club’s congregation will return to England to continue their preparations for a Premier League fixture against AFC Bournemouth next weekend.

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