Leicester striker Shinji Okazaki said he felt “honoured” to have known Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, calling him a “great man”.
The 60-year-old Thai businessman and four other people on board were killed when his helicopter burst into flames at the south east end of the stadium shortly after Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with West Ham.
Late on Sunday night, the Foxes confirmed that Srivaddhanaprabha, who bought the club for £39million in 2010 and guided it to an unlikely title triumph six years later, had died in the tragedy.
“We will all miss him,” Japan international Okazaki said on Twitter.
Match of the Day host and former Leicester City striker Gary Lineker posted on Instagram: “Deeply saddened to hear the confirmation that @lcfc chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was one of 5 people to lose their lives in the helicopter crash on Saturday evening.
“A quiet, unassuming man who will always be remembered with great fondness and respect.
“He also helped to bring the most magical, miraculous title win in the history of football. Thank you, Chairman for all you did for our football club. #RIP.”
Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted: “My thoughts are with those family, friends and supporters connected to the tragic crash outside Leicester City’s stadium on Saturday night.
“The outpouring of grief is a testament to how many people’s lives were touched by those on board.”