The tragic death of legendary Leicester City Football Club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has left his friends in the Royal Borough devastated.

This week flowers and messages of sadness and respect have been left at the gates of polo stables in Holyport owned by Mr Srivaddhanaprabha, 60.

He was among five people killed when a helicopter came down outside Leicester’s King Power Stadium on Saturday night.

Mr Srivaddhanaprabha owned King Power Foxes polo club, which has training facilities at Gadbridge Farm in Forest Green Road.

Staff at Gadbridge Farm said today that his family is still in Leicester.

Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s son, Aiyawatt has played for the team which won the Queens Cup at Guards Polo Club in Windsor Great Park in 2015.

A club statement said: “Guards Polo Club was sad to learn over the weekend of the death of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, founder and patron of the King Power Polo Team.

"His sudden death, in a helicopter crash, after one of his beloved Leicester City Football Club games, is a huge blow to the entire polo and football community.

“Vichai and his sons, Apichet (Tal) and Aiyawatt (Top) are passionate players of the game and huge supporters of Guards Polo Club.

"This did not just mean competing in the Cartier Queen’s Cup tournament but supporting our overseas events in both Dubai and China and allowing us to use their fantastic private fields in Berkshire when needed.

“Our Chairman Jock Green-Armytage has written to the Srivaddhanaprabha family to express our sincerest condolences.”