Reeva Steenkamp’s father, Barry, has died at the age of 80.
The Reeva Steenkamp Foundation posted on Facebook that Steenkamp died in his sleep on Thursday night.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden and peaceful passing of Barry Steenkamp in his sleep, on the early evening of 14 September 2023,” the post read.
“Barry was a blessing to many, and he will be remembered with love and great fondness. We find solace in the knowledge that he is now with his beloved Reeva.”
Reeva was shot dead on Valentine’s Day in 2013 by her partner, former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, while she stood behind the closed door of his toilet.
However, he maintained that he believed that she was an intruder.
The former Paralympian was found guilty of culpable homicide, but the Supreme Court of Appeal later overturned it and replaced it with a murder conviction.
He said he couldn’t sleep at night and couldn’t find closure until the truth was given to him.
Barry said that before he died, his one wish was that Pistorius would tell the family “exactly what happened on that night”.
The parole board found that Pistorius had not served the “minimum detention period” necessary to qualify for release.
The board said it would consider his parole again in August 2024.
Pistorius has since approached the Constitutional Court.