Oscar certainly not suicidal, uncle says

2013-03-11 18:49
Oscar Pistorus (Picture: AFP)

Oscar Pistorus (Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - Paralympic sprint champion Oscar Pistorius is in deep mourning after killing his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, but is "certainly not suicidal", his uncle said Monday.

"Oscar, broken as he currently is, believes he has a purpose in life and is working towards that.

"Media reports to the contrary are untrue," said Arnold Pistorius.

Pistorius stands accused of murdering his girlfriend Steenkamp on Valentine's Day.

On Sunday, reports of a friend  claiming that Pistorius was  "on the verge of suicide".

Speaking in the upcoming BBC3 documentary Oscar Pistorius: What Really Happened?, close friend Mike Azzie said the star was "a broken man" since the incident, and his state of mind has worsened since he was tasked with selling his racehorses to raise money to pay for his spiralling legal fees.

Azzie also said Pistorius, who is out on bail, regularly talks about Steenkamp as he awaits his next court appearance on 4 June.

"He just always seems to mention Reeva and to ask us to pray for her and her family," Azzie said.

"But most of all, you've got to understand that we are there for him and we will always be his friend.

"He has no confidence in his tone of voice and he is just a man that is almost like someone that is walking around in circles and doesn't know where he is going.

"I would say that, just speaking to him, that he is a broken man and that I would go as far to say that he would be on the verge of suicide. It really worries me."

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