Oscar Pistorius, the former Olympic athlete who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend, was taken to the hospital after reporting chest pains early Thursday morning.
According to reports, Pistorius was moved from his South African prison cell to a hospital, complaining of chest pain. Prison officials confirmed the transfer, saying, “We can state that offender Oscar Pistorius was taken to an outside hospital facility this morning for a medical examination, and is expected back in the facility later today.”
According to reports, prison guards feared Pistorius was having a heart attack.
Oscar Pistorius taken from prison to a hospital for medical examinations after reportedly having chest pain. https://t.co/V0GjPwwez8
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 3, 2017
After Pistorius was examined, officials and family report that the disgraced Paralympic athlete is “okay.”
This isn’t the first visit to the hospital for Pistorius. He was taken to the hospital almost a year ago, on Aug. 7, 2016, to be treated for wrist injuries. That hospital visit fueled rumors that Pistorius had attempted suicide, but the double-amputee denied the allegations.
Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison for the 2013 Valentine’s Day murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at his home in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius’s sentence was less than half the maximum allowed for a non-pre-meditated murder.
Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled that while Pistorius acted negligently when he shot Steenkamp through his bathroom door, his actions were unintentional.
Pistorius is currently serving his sentence at Atteridgeville Prison, west of Pretoria.
Steenkamp’s father, Barry Steenkamp, pushed for the release of crime scene photos from the night of the murder to show what Pistorius did to his daughter.
“I want the world to see. I want the world to see the photos of the wounds inflicted on her,” Barry Steenkamp said at the time.
The photos were released in June 2016, days after Pistorius was sentenced.
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