Oscar Pistorius ‘is on the verge of suicide, he is a broken man,’ friend claims

Oscar Pistorius is back in the news, and I don’t know how I feel about this stuff now we’re several weeks past the slew of information that came out during Oscar’s bail hearing. I still think that the exhaustive nature of the bail hearing didn’t do the prosecution any favors, and if anything, I’m probably throwing more shade at Oscar these days after he thought it would be a smart PR decision to hold a private memorial for Reeva Steenkamp at his uncle’s home. Today’s news is a mixed bag, and I’m still side-eyeing all of these revelations.

First of all, Oscar’s friend Mike Azzi has told a BBC documentary that he fears Oscar might commit suicide. Azzi told the BBC, “I’d go as far as to say he would be on the verge of suicide… He’s just like someone walking around in circles. He doesn’t know where he is going. I would say that, just by speaking to him, he is a broken man. I get the feeling that he’s really hurting and he’s an inkling of the man that he used to be.” Azzi says that he believes Reeva’s murder was an accident but “in life there are those moments of madness where people are just uncontrollable. I pray to God that’s not the case with him.” Azzi says that Oscar is “selling off all his property and everything because of the legal costs.” While I believe that this man is Oscar’s friend, I also wonder if Azzi is being put out there as some kind of PR move, a gesture telling the world that we should be sympathetic towards the poor athlete who shot and killed his girlfriend.

Another interesting anecdote from the same BBC documentary is that Oscar allegedly told the cops arresting him (just after he shot Reeva), “I’ll survive. I always win.” That makes my blood run cold. As does this: Oscar’s lawyers are going back to court to try to ease his bail restrictions. Oscar is restricted from drinking alcohol, from leaving South Africa and from returning to his home (the scene of the crime). Oscar’s lawyers want all of those restrictions lifted. Oscar wants to be able to travel internationally with the court’s permission, which… just seems like an awful idea, especially for someone considered “suicidal” by his friends.

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  1. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Calculated PR move-just like everything else this guy does. Saying he’s suicidal is a brilliant PR strategy to make him seem more sympathetic in the eyes of the public.

    The poor guy can’t drink alcohol or stay in his own mansion or travel around the world? Well boo f*king hoo, at least he’s still alive which is more than we can say for beautiful Reeva.

    • Eve says:

      He was on the cover of Time Magazine (February 28 issue).

      But, unlike OJ’s cover, Pistorius looks almost “heroic” on his, non? Just me? God, I’m in a super bitchy mood today.

    • Marjalane says:

      I agree 100% with your analysis. His PR people will work doubletime to create sympathy in the public. *snort*

      Too bad they already made a big deal about asking if he can continue training- he plans on getting out of this unscathed.

    • L says:

      Seriously. Oh I can’t have a beer? Wah.

      And his lawyers have been talking about getting his bail restrictions eased for weeks now. His main lawyer went on record saying Oscar just wanted to “get on with his life” Which just infuriated me.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        “Hey guys-this murder trial thing is really throwing a wrench in my training schedule. Any way we could get the ball rolling on this so I can get on with my life?”

        Poor poor Oscar…such an inconvenience this whole thing is for him. I can only imagine the stress that his “team” is experiencing. Can you imagine how the death of that supermodel is going to affect their bottom line ($$$) ? Such a rough time for all of them. *eyeroll*

    • Annie says:

      His family released a statement this morning contradicting that he’s suicidal and that the so called friend is not close to him or the situation. Tons of acquaintances are babbling to the press claiming to be close friends. They just want their 5 minutes because they’re local celebrities/business people.

      A suicidal man doesn’t try to sell property to pay for his lawyers.

    • K.T. says:

      Totally with you guys on the cover of Time. Its the Daily Mirror version of Reeva’s exploitative t+a.
      Also Alex Perry’s whole article was just a implied confirmation that SA is crime filled and that Oscar Pistorius shot Reeva because of cirme, or that he is a lost icon, or that SA is tarnished by corruption and disarray. Its like there were no humans in this crime just symbols and the most arrsting one was the oiled up bail runner ‘Superman/Gunman” on the cover. Ugh.
      Makes me sad but whether or not he did it, it feels like he will be innocent of most things anyway because the only other witness is one he killed (and because I suspect its cos she’s ‘just’ girlfriend/beaut.blond/model). Still mad… need a Pistoriuscism. But I still blame that darn family because they push out spin like crazy and the media eats it up!

    • K.T. says:

      Totally with you guys on the cover of Time. Its the Time Magazine version of tabloid Daily Mirror’s Reeva’s exploitative t+a cover.

      Also, Alex Perry’s whole article was just a implied confirmation that SA is crime-filled and that Oscar Pistorius probably accidently shot Reeva because of crime, or that he’s a lost icon, or that SA is tarnished by corruption and disarray, or useful meme-something. Its like there were no humans in this crime just political symbols and the most arresting one was the oiled up ‘bail’ runner ‘Superman/Gunman” on the cover. Ugh.

      Makes me sad but whether or not he did it, it feels like he will be innocent of most things anyway because the only other witness is one he killed (and because I suspect its cos she’s ‘just’ girlfriend/beaut.blond/model). Still mad… need a Pistoriuscism. But I still blame that darn family because they push out spin like crazy and the media eats it up!

      • K.T. says:

        Sorry, double post before! Duh.

        What I don’t get, and this is going to sound not celebitchy but just really b***hy but why can some woman still be diehard Pistorius fans? They go online at so many places in social media and there is no convincing them that he is not some misunderstood hero. That its all MUST be a tragic accident. He accidently killed his Bella to his Achilles/Herculus story.

        Obviously I think he seems guilty, I’ve (sadly) read alot too. It adds up to some major inconsistencies in his affidavit, added onto a whole history of men abusing loved ones and often killing them and it seems more likely he killed her as a dispute. Sidepoint have you read his book? Um, again horrified that I did. Sure the story is very inspiring but even the ghostwriting had some pretty intense/entitlement behaviour he had no problem sharing – it raised my eyebrows.

        I have room for a tiny doubt about his premeditated guilt. Maybe it was a really bizarre paranoid moment and he is just a weird gun nut that is super unsafe to be with in any occasion.

        But those diehard Pistorius fans insisting with absolute no doubt that he must be innocent of murder, how can one not side-eye em’.

        Kinda feels a bit like people who love unconditionally their child rather than an athlete they’ve never met constructed by the media and that they can’t ever imagine being less than a hero?

  2. flor says:

    Trying to ease his bail restrictions… This guy sound like Lindsay Lohan. Why don’t they just send him to jail until the final verdict?

  3. brin says:

    Sounds like Oscar is used to getting what Oscar wants. Hope they don’t lift the bail restictions.

  4. marie says:

    I think it’s a PR move to garner sympathy.. hopefully people will see through it.

    • Micki says:

      Apparently not.
      I read in german Stern that there are at least 2 precedents of men shooting s.o. through a closed door and getting away with it.In one case it was the wife, can’t remember the other one.
      And exactly the closed door was THE reason to let them free because it showed (my interpretation) “fear for the one’s safety but no intention to murder the particular victum”. So it comes down to how to sell it to the jury in the most believable way I guess.

      Poor girl, to know the end was comming and being unable to save herself. I rage every time when I read about this case.

      • Liv says:

        I think there won’t be a jury.

      • Mich says:

        Was the German magazine commenting on South Africa cases? You are absolutely not allowed to use deadly force here in SA unless your life is demonstrably on the line and you have no other choice. The fact that he a) went towards the supposed danger and b) shot through a closed door without knowing who he was shooting at negates the whole ‘no other choice’ defense. His life was clearly not in immediate danger.

        Not too long ago, there was a case very similar to this one here in SA and the man was found guilty, guilty, guilty of murder.

      • Micki says:

        The case with the shot wife was a German one, the other-I#m not sure. Probably European one too.
        I’ve shot a glance while waiting for my GP and didn’t have the time to get all details. Some irregularities in the prosecution case were mentioned too.
        The gist of it was that “the door” can be sold as an excuse and it is more “he says vs. we say”
        I certainly hope he’ll be convicted

  5. Eve says:

    “Another interesting anecdote from the same BBC documentary is that Oscar allegedly told the cops arresting him (just after he shot Reeva), “I’ll survive. I always win.” That makes my blood run cold.

    Same here.

  6. You know I totally believe he’s sorry about all of this…Sorry he got caught and couldn’t either lie or buy his way out of things. My sympathies don’t really extend too far to this piece of garbage. As far as his ‘suicidal’ feelings I’m sure they’re a sympathy ploy…but on the off chance they aren’t I hope he remembers to go down the road not across the street.

  7. aims says:

    Poor Oscar. It must be a real downer knowing you’re a women beater, and a killer. Lock him up!!

  8. Dinah says:

    It seems to me that his friend is subtlely making excuses/allowances for Oscar’s guilt, and Oscar’s camp is feeling entitled/angry.

    Doesn’t bode well for his claims of innocence, in my opinion.

    Hope EyesForLies takes a look at these most recent statements/petitions.

    • Eve says:

      “Doesn’t bode well for his claims of innocence, in my opinion.”

      NOTHING he’s been doing so far bodes well for his claims of innocence:

      1 — His publicist while he was in jail waiting for his bail hearing (yes, to talk about his career);

      2 — His family’s (especially his brother’s) attitude — they cheered LOUDLY, in court, when he was granted bail;

      3 — That ridiculous, tacky PR statement mentioning a “private” memorial service he was holding for Reeva Steenkamp.

      The more I read about these stunts (like the “private” memorial service to “honour” Steenkamp), the more I’m certain he killed her on purpose.

    • K.T. says:

      Yes, agree again on rich, entitled and arrogant Pistorius family. They are loaded, money, opionions and guns.

      But aso concerned with the Steenkamp family as they now talk to press. The latest from Reeva’s uncle is that he says that he has to forgive Oscar because he does not want to believe anything like’that’ could ever happen. Also, he states in the latest interview thta Reeva has locked herself away in a break-in two years ago.And needed counseling for that intruder . Oh, no, the defense is going to eat that information up and say she does this before hiding in bathroom. What I more believ is that they are just in such grief after al the spin and ridiculous statements (a lot by Pistorius crew) that they will try to hold onto the fact that she must be gone for a random purpose and not because he wanted to kill her.

  9. dorothy says:

    That’s what happens when you KILL someone. No sympathy here.

  10. Cool Phosphorescent Shimmer says:

    He’s suicidal? Poor dear. Too bad he didn’t take his own life first instead of his girlfriend’s.

  11. LadyMTL says:

    Bah, I have zero sympathy for this guy. Hey Oscar, maybe you wouldn’t be suicidal if you – you know – hadn’t shot your girlfriend??

    SMH at this whole thing.

  12. phlyfiremama says:

    He is a calculating murderer. He doesn’t get any extra sympathy points for having lost his legs, no special excuses for that. He MURDERED a young woman in cold blood. No sympathy here, except for what she went through and all the collateral damage to the families. Go for it, Oscar.

  13. teehee says:

    He is a narcissist/sociopath, whose image has been shattered— that is the only thing he is sad about. That, and making such a claim is indeed PR.

  14. Mich says:

    The very least he can plead guilty to in SA is “culpable homicide”. And it isn’t like he can just choose to plead guilty to whatever charge he wants.

  15. anonymous fan says:

    How come Kaiser can see through his B.S but the S.A media can’t? You mean to tell me he is so suicidal he might hurt himself but not too depressed to travel and drink? I don’t even know what to say.I can’t even get angry anymore this is all just too pathetic.

  16. Maria says:

    This whole thing makes me sick…All Pr, again the rich priviledged seem to literally get away with murder. I bet IF he doesnt fake his own death or bolt, the trial will prove he flipped out in some jealous rampage.

  17. Guest says:

    Seems like he is determined to stay on the pedestal.

  18. Annie says:

    Stop getting your news from tabloids! His family released a statement saying that guy is not even his friend and he’s not suicidal. Of course he can’t get the charges dismissed. And wait for the trial before you continue rambling on with your forensic and legal expertise and your Law and Order/CSI knowledge. Read court documents and transcripts. There are many lies out there because tabloids thrive on sensationalized murder trials. No steroids, no assault with a bat, no unwanted pregnancy, no hockey player love triangle, no alcohol on his or her blood, no prior police visits to his home that week/day because of fighting, no apparent motive. See that groseness? The media is being their usual self and his attention whore acquaintances want their 5 minutes. He has a case which is why the judge granted him bail. Period. As looney as his version sounds, nothing has come out that has strongly contradicted his story… So far. Not even the cellphones texting history. Follow actual serious reporter Barry Bateman on Twitter. He brings info straight from the police. The latest developent is that it’s not true she received a text from an ex and that started a fight. Last text was received at 8PM. Not from her ex. She died at 3AM. There was also no alcohol/drugs on his system or on hers either.

    Don’t feed that morbid curiosity that wants bad things to be even worse and respect the deceased. Read facts, not morbid rumors. Just wait. The trial will reveal more. Don’t assume or believe everything you read. All this chatter and unsubstanciated claims are not enough to convict a person. Look at Chris Brown. When you’re bad, everyone knows it and there’s tons of witnesses, well documented incidents, cases, examples, etc. Never just “rumors”. Or one single texting confrontation with a man. There’s always a lor more. And there’s no proof of what little chatter has popped up about Oscar. People are just jumping on the bandwaggon now, where were they before?

    Besides, he’s still going to jail for a while and his career is over. He won’t get away with anything because he did take a life. But don’t buy into the Patrick Bateman versions you are being sold, especially when those versions stand only with fabrications and utter lies.

    Murder trials are the worst. They bring out the worst in the media and the public who believe everything they are told, blindly.

    There’s too much shadiness surrounding this case anyway. Starting with the police.

    • DGO says:

      You bring out good points. Every time I read a statement from the SA authorities, I keep remembering that these are the same people who dragged a man to his death for a parking violation. I am reserving my opinion until all the evidence is presented.

    • Eva, uk says:

      I disagree with the majority of what you say here and have said on previous posts, but I just want to pick up on one point. It is not necessarily true that he won’t get away with it just because he has taken a life. If he gets found guilty of culpable homicide rather than murder he could get a suspended sentence. In other words, there is still a chance he could walk free. (Barry Bateman tweeted this was the case a while back, around the time of the bail hearing)

      I also must say I think it is a gross generalisation, and an inaccurate one at that, to say that there must be witnesses and documented incidents of someone being violent/ rude in order for them to be ‘bad’. Absolutely not the case. Quite the contrary, as has been stated many times, abusers are often extremely charming and charismatic to the outside world. To go with your chris brown example, before he beat Rihanna he had a squeaky clean reputation and people were extremely shocked.

      • Lucrezia says:

        I’m not convinced on premeditated murder (waiting for more info in the trial), but he’s clearly guilty of culpable homicide for blindly shooting at the “burglar”.

        I really don’t like the idea of him getting a suspended sentence for that. You’re right it’s possible, but it seems ridiculously light … he still killed someone. Something more like 5-10 years (served) would sound fair to me. (And of course life is fair if it was premeditated murder.)

    • K.T. says:

      What? Even though I hold doubt that perhaps he did not kill Reeva Steenkamp on purpose, ohoh, my stomach turns that anyone would want to kill someone that seems so sweet, in that manner, and than blatantly lie lie lie about it.

      But you cannot just quote things and say well, thats, because its happened before. Then you start to sound like those significant amount of PR plants that crop up. He immediately got a reputation PR company right after he shot her. I mean, if you really love someone, you don’t do that! Could be his team of course, but than it gets even more horrible, rather than counseling someone who killed someone by accident instead just want to get the reputation sorted. That’s dark. Just disregarding treating a loss of a life, to make a more attractive ‘victim’ of the killer Pistorius.

      Dude, is unstable, shooting in restaurants, crashing cars etc. He went straight to superstardom, obviously paranoid, was troubled before, and now he has some major issues that lead to killing Reeva Steenkamp that people are being more open about.

  19. NerdMomma says:

    If he wants to edge over next to a cliff, I’m sure none of us will stop him. Someone might give him a light nudge.

  20. Izzy says:

    I can’t believe his lawyers aren’t embarrassed to even put in the request to lift the restrictions! Douchenozzles, the lot of them.

    Also, Kaiser, THANK YOU for including a photo of the victim – the ONLY victim – in this tragedy. She deserves to be remembered, and maybe the judge will also keep her face in mind when deciding on that stupid restriction request.

  21. Ally says:

    Lovely pic of Reeva, I hope her family are coping okay. They have a long journey until the end of the trial.

  22. Mac says:

    Legally, I don’t think he’s gonna have a leg to stand on.

  23. Nicolette says:

    This is a whole lot of nothing but a stupid ploy for sympathy. An abuser wouldn’t have the balls to do anything to himself.

  24. skuddles says:

    Hindsight is SUCH a bitch isn’t it Oscar?? No doubt he’s torn apart by thoughts like “why did I snap and murder Reeva????… I’ve ruined my whole life”. Probably zero concern for the fact he actually TOOK away her life – douche is only thinking about himself. “I always win”… maybe not this time huh champ?

    And this suicide story is no doubt some PR scam to drum up sympathy. Sorry murderer, no sympathy here. You can burn in hell for all I care.

  25. Sarcasmo says:

    He certainly has a type, doesn’t he? The pix of two of his prior girlfriends are nearly identical to his victim.

    No sympathy for him here.

  26. Twez says:

    Boo hoo for the poor depressed murderer.

  27. Patrice says:

    First of all, whatever 1000% BS reasons he wants to give for the motivations behind it, there’s no question that HE did it. He killed her. In a blind rage. A rage that he claims was “self-defense” aimed at some never seen, non-existent “intruder.”

    Even if you put all that aside, the bat. With her bl**d & tissue on it outside of the bathroom. How in the hell does he explain THAT? Well, apparently, he’s never even been asked to.

    I’m sorry for the graphic post but if you listen to the much more likely and totally logical mapping out of what’s assumed to have actually gone down for that poor, unsuspecting, girl that night, it’s completely bone chilling. I actually cried when I heard it (they believe he got her with the bat first and she locked herself in the bathroom afterward w/her cell phone desperately trying to escape). :(

    I don’t want to even think about it, but if the beginnings of this farce of a trial are any indication, this Olympic “golden boy” (rage) is going to go scott free. Just look at how much of the press concerning it has been written about “poor Oscar.” It’s right up there with the OJ trial in terms of total absurdity and zero justice for the victim. So sad & wrong.

  28. BarbsRocK says:

    Here in south africa, people are not really bothered by OP. He’s just another rich, arrogant, bastard who believes he’s going to walk away scot free. He does have a documented history of violent outbursts, as well as a very public love of handguns. Maybe he’s trying to compensate for areas he’s abit insecure about.
    Sometimes the SA justice system does work. Just google our local celeb ‘Jub Jub’. He killed a few school kids during an illegal drag race about 2 years ago and was found guilty, awaiting sentence. So Oscar, you may be a star in your own mind, but to the rest of us, you’re lower than the dog crap stuck to the bottom of a shoe. Reeva Steenkamp’s family, sorry she ever met Oscar.

    • Really? says:

      Dear BarbsRocK, i understand if the people there are not really bothered about OP, but what about Reeva…? Are they not bothered about her…? This is what bothered me so much about Nicole Simpson, or about all of the other women who die because of a stupid man’s rage…what do their lives amount to? Are their deaths really in vain? Will no one bother about them? Will no one learn from their loss…will not another life be spared…will she not have died in vain…if everyone is not surprised by OP’s behavior…are they not at least disturbed by her shockingly unjust and untimely death…?

      • BarbsRocK says:

        we’re not being sucked in by the douche that is Oscar and his rather flimsy desperate excuses. We are upset about Reeva’s murder, of course! I was not trivializing her death. I have no sympathy for OP whatsoever. There is so much of violence against women in SA, maybe Reeva’s very public death will be the last straw that catapults our government into positive action.

  29. Flower says:

    Much more going on here than mistaken identity, he was mad at her for still being friends with her old boyfriend and made a scene a couple of times in public and he was also photographed in Vegas last December with a brunette. Temper tantrum and a gun…a bad combination.

  30. Really? says:

    Please, OP, do us all a favor and either admit what you’ve done and do your time or go and join Reeva by any means necessary…

    • Michounette says:

      Annie, I totally agree with you!
      The media exploit the voyeuristic instintcts of the mob for their own financial advantage.
      I hope the judge can stay impartial.
      This tragedy is bad enough without a miscarriage of justice to top of it all!