Blade-runner Oscar Pistorius has been rushed to hospital with ‘chest pains’ surrounded by armed guards, it has emerged.
There were initial fears the shamed athlete had suffered a heart attack at Atteridgeville Prison in South Africa.
But it is understood that the 30-year-old has since been discharged from Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria and is due to be sent back to the facility today.
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.
Correctional service spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo told The Citizen: ‘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.’
Johan van Wyk, a spokesman for the family told the Citizen that Pistorius was ‘okay’.
The South African Paralympic gold medallist is serving a six year sentence for murdering Steenkamp at their home.
He shot Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine’s Day, 2013.
The South African Paralympic gold medallist (right) is serving a six year sentence for murdering model Reeva Steenkamp (left) on Valentine’s Day 2013.
In 2014 Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide – similar to manslaughter in British law.
Pistorius testified that he killed Steenkamp by mistake, thinking there was an intruder hiding in the bathroom. Prosecutors said he shot her intentionally after an argument.
The initial manslaughter conviction was upgraded to the more serious offense of murder after an earlier prosecution appeal, leading to a new sentencing.
In August last year, Pistorius received emergency treatment for injuries to his wrists prompting speculation that he had attempted suicide in jail.
The Paralympian denied the injuries were a suicide attempt and claimed he had ‘fallen out of his bed’ in his cell at Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria.