Paralympic sprinter and convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius has reportedly been sent from prison to the hospital due to chest pains.
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Former Paralympic and Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius of South Africa, serving a six-year prison sentence for the murder of his girlfriend, was hospitalized in Pretoria, South Africa, on Thursday morning, according to several South African news outlets.
Correctional Services spokesperson 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.”
The Correctional Services department told SAfm News that Pistorius was being treated for a possible heart condition.
Family spokesperson Johan van Wyk told The Citizen that Pistorius was “okay.”
According to the reports, personnel at the Atteridgeville Prison initially grew concerned that Pistorius was suffering from heart attack symptoms.
Pistorius has been behind bars since July of last year, and a South African judge denied his appeal later that summer. He is serving a six-year sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013.
Pistorius was the first amputee to run track at the Olympics, competing in the 400 meters during the 2012 Summer Games in London. He was eliminated in the semifinals.