Reeva Steenkamp's family denies pregnancy rumors

Feb 27, 2013 at 11:17 a.m. ET

The family of slain model Reeva Steenkamp denies media reports that she was pregnant at the time she was killed.

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The latest salacious rumor in the Oscar Pistorius murder case? That his gorgeous girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was pregnant at the time she was killed — and that it was this very revelation that sent the Olympian into a murderous rage.

Problem is, it's simply not true. The Steenkamp family spoke out against The National Enquirer's speculation yesterday, going so far as to issue an official media statement.

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"The post mortem would have revealed if Reeva was pregnant and it did not reveal anything like this," family spokesman Mike Steenkamp told the Times Live. "Maybe it comes from the other side, to garner and build up some sort of support for Oscar," he said.

The Enquirer had reported that Pistorius was suspicious Steenkamp was cheating with a close friend and flew into a rage when she revealed her so-called pregnancy.

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"Police believe the pregnancy secret she revealed is what sent Pistorius over the edge and left her dead, with bullet wounds to the head, chest, pelvis and hand," a source supposedly told the rag.

"Later that night, neighbors com­plained of shouting and fighting coming from the house. Police were called to investigate, but it appeared to be just another lover’s spat, so nothing was done except to ask them to quiet down."

None of those things is true. Police did not come to the Pistorius home until emergency services were called after the shooting. It appears the Enquirer story was made up of whole cloth.

Oscar Pistorius maintains he accidentally shot Steenkamp when he mistook her for a burglar. He is free on 1 million Rand bail until trial.

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