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Reeva Steenkamp

  • Birth 19 Aug 1983 Cape Town, City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Death 14 Feb 2013 Johannesburg, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
  • Memorial ID 105194008

Fashion Model. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, her father was employed as a horse trainer. After moving to Port Elizabeth, South Africa with her family, she attended Saint Dominic's Priory School and later enrolled at the University of Port Elizabeth (now part of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) where she studied law and graduated with a Bachelor of laws Degree in 2005. After receiving her degree, she did paralegal work and applied to the bar in 2011. At the age of 14 she started her modeling career and was a finalist in the Weekend Post Faces of the Future competition in 2004 and in The Herald Miss Port Elizabeth contest in 2005. Her career as a model and cover girl continued with an appearance in FHM magazine, modeling jewelry for Sivana Diamonds, and was the first face of Avon cosmetics in South Africa. Additionally, she appeared in television advertisements for a number of products, including Toyota Land Cruiser, Clover "The One," Redds, and Aldor Pin Pop. An avid horse rider, she broke her back in a fall in her early twenties and had to learn to walk again. In 2012 she was featured as a celebrity contestant on the BBC Lifestyle show "Baking Made Easy." In November 2012 she began dating Oscar Pistorius, the celebrated South African Olympic and Paralympic track and field athlete. Three months later she was shot and killed at Pistorius' home who, having admitted to accidentally shooting her (thinking she was an intruder), was arrested and formally charged with her premeditated murder. At the time of her death she had agreed to appear in the 5th season of the reality television program "Tropika Island of Treasure" and had filmed the series episodes on location in Jamaica. The screening of the series aired as scheduled on February 16, 2013, only two days after her death, and its first episode was dedicated to her with a video tribute to her that preceded it.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Lucy & Chris
  • Added: 13 Feb 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 105194008
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Reeva Steenkamp (19 Aug 1983–14 Feb 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 105194008, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.