Oscar Pistorius reportedly suffers heart attack in South African prison

Posted August 04, 2017

According to local reports, the 30-year-old was taken from Atteridgeville Prison to Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria at 8am this morning having complained of severe chest pains.

Logan Maistry, a spokesperson for South Africa's Department of Correctional Services, told ABC News that Pistorius was taken to a medical facility for a checkup but declined to provide further details.

Pistorius was moved from the Kgosi Mampuru II Prison to the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre past year because it had better facilities to suit his needs.

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The year before he killed Steenkamp, Pistorius became the first double-amputee to race at Olympic level when he appeared at the London 2012 games.

Neither prison authorities nor Pistorius' family have confirmed the cause of his chest pains.

His trial became the subject of widespread worldwide attention, as he was initially cleared of murder in favour of a manslaughter charge - then convicted of murder on appeal in 2016. A year ago he received treatments after he sustained cuts to his wrists, which he said were the result of a fall in his cell.

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The South African Paralympic gold medallist is serving a six year sentence for murdering model Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013.

The Telegraph reported that initially, the media made claims that Pistorius' injury was "self inflicted" and that he had tried to commit suicide inside his cell.

Early reports suggest staff at the Atteridgeville Prison believed he had suffered a heart attack. Please let us know in the comments.

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