Former Paralympic and Olympic hero, South African Oscar Pistorius, who is serving jail term for the murder of his his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, has been taken to hospital after “suffering chest pains”, according to local media.
Pistorius was taken to a hospital in the administrative capital Pretoria, where he is serving his sentence, according to the website Pretoria East Record, NAN is reporting.
The website News24 quoted a correctional services spokesman as confirming that the athlete was hospitalised, without giving more details.
The officials of the Department of Correctional Services couldn’t be contacted for confirmation.
The double-amputee Olympic sprinter fired at Steenkamp through a closed toilet door in his Pretoria home on Feb. 14, 2013.
Judge Thokozile Masipa initially accepted Pistorius’ argument that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder, and sentenced him to five years for manslaughter.
The Supreme Court of Appeal overturned her verdict and found Pistorius guilty of murder, following which Masipa increased his prison sentence to six years in July 2016.
Dubbed the “Blade Runner,” Pistorius soared to international fame after becoming the first amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes in the 2012 Olympic Games.