The Leicester City FC owner was one of the five people who died in the copter crash (image courtesy Reuters)

The funeral of Leicester City’s owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died in a helicopter crash outside the King Power stadium, the club’s home ground, has commenced in Thailand.

Reports from the country show that royal soldiers, monks and Srivaddhanaprabha’s relatives took part in a procession leading up to the ceremony.

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It was gathered that the funeral began with Buddhist bathing rituals and will be followed by recitation ceremonies over seven days.

Also, the club’s players, including Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, are due to fly out to Thailand for the funeral after their game with Cardiff on Saturday.

Vichai, a billionaire, died along with two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger when the copter crashed in a car park moments after taking off from the stadium on 27 October.