As you’re probably aware, Olympic ‘blade runner’ Oscar Pistorius has been arrested and charged with the murder of his model and TV star girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after she was found shot dead at his home.
Reeva had recently completed filming on a South African reality TV show entitled Tropika Island of Treasure at the time of her death, and it’s now been announced that the show will air as planned, despite the tragedy.
The Daily Star reports, “Filmed in Jamaica, the programme sees Reeva compete in games with fellow celebrities for a top prize of 1million rand (£72,500).”
The show’s producer said of the decision to air the show, “This week’s episode will be dedicated to Reeva’s memory.”
Executive producer Samantha Moon added, “It has taken much deliberation to come to the decision to continue screening Tropika Island of Treasure 5 as planned.”
A special tribute to 30-year-old law graduate Reeva will be screened ahead of tonight’s show.
Meanwhile, during a court hearing yesterday, Oscar denied “in the strongest possible terms” that he’d deliberately shot Reeva, and claimed he believed she was an intruder.
During the hearing, Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair ordered a sobbing Oscar to calm down, saying, “Take it easy. Come take a seat.”
Also yesterday, Oscar’s family issued a statement about Reeva’s death and the circumstances surrounding it which read, “Firstly, and most importantly, all our thoughts today must be with the family and friends of Reeva Steenkamp.
“The alleged murder is disputed in the strongest terms.
“Oscar Pistorius has made history as an Olympic and Paralympic sportsman and has been an inspiration to others the world over.
“He has made it very clear that he would like to send his deepest sympathies to the family of Reeva.
“He would also like to express his thanks through us today for all the messages of support he has received.
“But as stated our thoughts and prayers today should be for Reeva and her family regardless of the circumstances of this terrible, terrible tragedy.”
After the court hearing, Oscar was remanded in custody after an application for bail was postponed until next week.
It’s believed that security guards found Reeva’s lifeless body in Oscar’s bathroom. She’d reportedly been shot four times.
What a devastating tragedy.
Here’s a promo for Reeva’s reality show…