Oscar Pistorius taken from jail to hospital with chest pains

Oscar Pistorius, the disgraced Paralympian who is also known as Blade Runner, has been released from Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, after a thorough check up.

Initial reports were that staff at the Atteridgeville Prison in South Africa thought the disabled lag had suffered a heart attack, reports The Citizen.

Pistorius, serving six years for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013, was brought into hospital by armed guards at about 8am today.

Pistorius was transferred from the Kgosi Mampuru II Prison to the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre past year as the facility was better equipped to accommodate him, Nxumalo said. Past year he was taken to the hospital for treatment to cuts on his wrists, which prison authorities said he sustained after falling in his cell.

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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.

But 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. Pistorius was initially convicted of manslaughter, but following an appeal, the conviction was changed to murder.

Pistorius' family spokeswoman was not immediately available to comment. Van Wyk said South African media reports that the former track star and convicted murderer had a suspected heart attack in jail were untrue. He didn't want to discuss further information about his status until he could speak with Arnold Pistorius, his uncle.

  • Tabitha Byrd