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Report: Close friend says Oscar Pistorius is 'on the verge of suicide'

Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (Joe Alexander/Getty Images) Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius is being charged with premeditated murder for the Feb. 14 shooting of his girlfriend. (Joe Alexander/Getty Images)

Since being charged with premeditated murder for his girlfriend's Valentine's Day shooting death, Oscar Pistorius has become a "broken man" who is "on the verge of suicide," close friend Mike Azzie told BBC.

Azzie provided insight into Pistorius' condition during an interview for the upcoming documentary titled "Oscar Pistorius: What Really Happened?" which BBC will air on Monday, according to the Mirror Online.

Azzie, a racing horse trainer and close family friend, also revealed that the South African sprinter still often talks about his girlfriend, 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp, and has asked friends to pray for her.

“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’d go as far as to say he would be on the verge of suicide.

“It really worries me. I get the feeling that he’s really hurting and he’s an inkling of the man that he used to be.”

The documentary will detail the procedural side of the case as well as offer a look at how Pistorius has coped with it, including his immediate reaction upon being arrested.

Among the revelations is how Pistorius, 26, showed bravado after he was arrested over the Valentine’s Day shooting and told police: “I’ll survive. I always win.”

It was his response to a senior officer who had warned him: “You could go to jail for a very long time, Oscar.”

Pistorius' next court appearance is scheduled for June 4.

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