Leicester City FC Owner’s Buddhist Funeral Begins

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Vichai, 60, founder of Thai duty-free giant King Power International, was killed last Saturday along with four others when his helicopter crashed outside the King Power Stadium in the English city of Leicester after a Premier League match.

Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha and Aimon Srivaddhanaprabha, son and wife of Leicester City's owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha are pictured during his funeral at Wat Thepsirin in Bangkok, Thailand, November 3, 2018.

Leicester City capped off an emotional afternoon by joining their fans in paying tribute to late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after their 1-0 win at Cardiff City in the Premier League on Saturday.

British media reported that in the moments after last month's tragedy, Schmeichel ran towards the downed helicopter in the vehicle park outside the stadium in a fearless attempt to see if he could help.

The bodies of his aide Kaveporn Punpare and employee Nusara Suknamai, who also died in the crash, arrived on Saturday morning. Vichai bought the club in 2010 and many in the team have expressed their admiration of him and their sorrow at his death.

"The Leicester fans. know when things are going right for their club... that's what this guy brought".

It began with a bathing ritual using royally-bestowed water and an eight-sided urn lent as an honour by King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

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Thailand's Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan was one of the first to arrive as the began held in the Thai capital on Saturday evening.

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Thailand's kings have traditionally granted such honours at the funerals of high-ranking state officials or citizens who had devoted their lives to the good of the country.

The body will be kept for a further 100 days and his cremation will take place at a date in the future.

Vardy, who has been sharing his memories of Mr Srivaddhanaprabha on social media, said: "It'll be massively important we attend". I am immensely proud to have known him. "Not only the Thai people, but also football fans around the world mourn his loss", Senamuang said.

Officials from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) are examining the wreckage of the helicopter as they try to piece together what happened.

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