Oscar Pistorius is suicidal as he faces a charge of premeditated murder, according to a close friend of the Paralympic athlete. Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day.
The track athlete has maintained that the killing was accidental and that he thought Steenkamp was an intruder. The case rocked the nation as well as the world of sports.
Pistorius’ close friend Mike Azzie revealed the athlete’s suicidal thoughts during a BBC3 documentary, called Oscar Pistorius: What Really Happened?, saying that his friend has been “a broken man” since the death of Reeva.
The athlete’s state of mind has apparently worsened since he was forced to sell his racehorses in order to afford to pay his mounting legal fees from the trial.
Azzie also revealed that Pistorius talks about his late girlfriend often and asks his friends to pray for the model’s family. He added, “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.”
Azzie believes that his friend is so depressed about the death of his girlfriend and his upcoming trial that Oscar Pistorius is “on the verge of suicide.” His friend added, “It really worries me.”
Pistorius is reportedly going to appeal his bail conditions. The track athlete is not currently allowed to leave the country. A local news station reported that the Paralympian’s lawyers will ask for the foreign travel ban to be lifted. He will also ask for the removal of a condition relating to mandatory drug tests. Pistorius also wants to be able to return to his home.
The documentary about Oscar Pistorus and Reeva Steenkamp is expected to air on Monday. Also interviewed was Reeva’s close friend Gina Myers, who talked about the last time the two friends were together. Myers recalled that she was getting ready for a meeting. Before Reeva left, she told her friend she was going to be awesome, “and that she loved me then I ran out and then I gave her a hug and she left.”
It is understandable that Oscar Pistorius would be suicidal, given the events surrounding the death of Reeva Steenkamp.