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Leicester City owner Vichai's funeral starts Thailand

November 3, 2018 12:06 PM
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Leicester City owner Vichai's funeral starts Thailand

The funeral of Leicester City's owner who died in a helicopter crash outside the club's stadium is under way.

Royal soldiers, monks and Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's relatives took part in a procession ahead of the ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand.

The funeral began with Buddhist bathing rituals and will be followed by recitation ceremonies over seven days.

The Leicester City players are due to fly out to Thailand for the funeral after their game against Cardiff later.

Thai billionaire Mr Vichai died along with two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger when the helicopter came down in a car park moments after taking off from the King Power Stadium on 27 October.

A bathing rite ceremony has started which will be followed by the beginning of the recitation ceremonies.

Jonathan Head, the BBC's South East Asia correspondent, is at the temple and said the ceremony was being held behind closed doors.

There was no definitive start to the ceremony, he said, but close friends and relatives would arrive over the next few hours.

Nusara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner, Izabela Roza Lechowicz, also died in the crash last Saturday.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has begun examining parts of the helicopter and the in-flight recorder.


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