Woman shot to death in home of Pistorius

Published On: Feb 14 2013 03:39:26 AM EST
Updated On: Feb 14 2013 04:01:06 AM EST
PRETORIA, South Africa (CNN) -

A woman was found shot and killed in the Pretoria home belonging to South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, nicknamed the "Blade Runner," South African police said Thursday.

Brig. Denice Beukes said they have arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with the shooting and that he will appear in Pretoria magistrate court sometime Thursday.

Pistorius, who is 26, was cooperating with police.

A spokeswoman for Pistorius declined to comment on the report when CNN reached her by phone.

A neighbor in the residential community alerted police to the shooting, Beukes said. When a CNN crew arrived, it saw a mortician's van leaving the house.

Pistorius is a double-amputee who ran with the aid of prosthetic limbs during the London Olympics last year. His debut made him the first Paralympian to compete in the able bodied Olympics.

The runner's legs were amputated below the knee when he was a toddler because of a bone defect. He runs on special carbon fiber blades, hence the nickname.

While he failed to win a medal in the Olympics, his presence on the track was lauded as an example of victory over adversity and a lesson in dedication to a goal.

Pistorius was initially refused permission to compete against able-bodied competitors, but he hired a legal team to prove that his artificial limbs didn't give him an unfair advantage.

He smashed a Paralympic record to win the men's 400m T44 in the final athletics event of the 2012 Games.

The athlete was named one of People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive last year.

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