Pistorius Is 'Broken,' Suicidal: Pal

Sprinter has to sell off his horses, is despondent

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 10, 2013 9:32 AM CDT | Updated Mar 10, 2013 12:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Faced with having to sell off his racehorses to pay for mounting legal bills in the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius is despondent, a family friend tells the BBC in an upcoming special, as picked up by ITV. "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," says Mike Azzie, known to the sprinter as "Uncle Mike. "It really worries me." Of Steenkamp, Azzie says, "He just always seems to mention Reeva and to ask us to pray for her and her family."

In this photo taken Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius, in court in Pretoria, South Africa.
In this photo taken Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius, in court in Pretoria, South Africa.   (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)
In this Friday Feb. 22, 2013 file photo Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius, is watched by a policeman during his bail hearing in Pretoria, South Africa.
In this Friday Feb. 22, 2013 file photo Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius, is watched by a policeman during his bail hearing in Pretoria, South Africa.   (AP Photo, File)
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