- Title: South Africa's jailed athlete Pistorius taken to hospital
- Date: 3rd August 2017
- Summary: PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA (FILE - FEBRUARY 14, 2014) (REUTERS) POLICE OFFICERS/ PISTORIUS' HOUSE BEING CORDONED OFF MORE OF POLICE OFFICERS PISTORIUS BEING ESCORTED TO POLICE STATION PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA (FILE) (REUTERS) PISTORIUS ARRIVING AT COURT MORE OF PISTORIUS IN DOCK AND MEMBERS OF MEDIA TAKING PICTURES TILT OF PISTORIUS' HANDS TO HIS FACE PISTORIUS' FACE PISTORIUS' BROTHER, CARL PISTORIUS, TALKING TO FAMILY MEMBER PISTORIUS' FAMILY MEMBERS HUGGING CARL PISTORIUS HUGGING HIS SISTER MORE OF FAMILY MEMBERS POLICE INVESTIGATOR INSIDE COURT PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA (FILE) (REUTERS) PEOPLE WALKING TOWARDS CHURCH CLOSE OF CHURCH HEARSE CARRYING REEVA STEENKAMP'S COFFIN STEENKAMP'S COFFIN BEING TAKEN INTO CHURCH FRIENDS OF STEENKAMP SEATED OUTSIDE MORE OF PEOPLE OUTSIDE CHURCH PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA (FILE - OCTOBER 21, 2014) (FILE) (REUTERS) PISTORIUS LEAVING CAR AND WALKING TO COURT WITH POLICE OFFICERS PISTORIUS WALKING INSIDE COURT PISTORIUS SEATED INSIDE COURT WIDE OF THE COURT STEENKAMP'S MOTHER INSIDE COURT SOUTH AFRICAN STATE PROSECUTOR GERIE NEL PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA (FILE) (REUTERS) PISTORIUS WALKING TO POLICE CAR / PISTORIUS GETTING INSIDE POLICE CAR / POLICE CAR LEAVING FOR PRISON
- Embargoed: 17th August 2017 16:44
- Keywords: Oscar Pistorius the South African Paralympic gold medallist six-year jail term murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp Valentine's Day 2013
- Location: POTCHEFSTROOM, JOHANNESBURG, PRETORIA AND PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA
- City: POTCHEFSTROOM, JOHANNESBURG, PRETORIA AND PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA
- Country: South Africa
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0036SLSQ4N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Oscar Pistorius, the South African Paralympic gold medallist serving a six-year jail term for murdering his girlfriend, was taken to hospital on Thursday (August 3), a prison service spokesman said.
The prison service provided no details of Pistorius's illness, but a spokesman said he would be kept in hospital overnight for observation. He said he could not comment on a report by the Citizen website that Pistorius suffered chest pains and prison staff suspected a heart attack.
Last August, Pistorius denied trying to kill himself after he was treated in hospital for wrist injuries.
The athlete was sentenced to six years in prison in July last year after being found guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day 2013.
He reached the pinnacle of his fame in 2012 when he became the first double amputee to run in the Olympics, making the 400 meters semi-finals in London before taking two golds in the Paralympics.
Pistorius' family spokeswoman was not immediately available to comment.
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