The family of Reeva Steenkamp have categorically denied the model was pregnant when she was shot dead by her lover Oscar Pistorius.
Steenkamp was killed in the early hours of February 14 and Pistorius is currently on bail, having been charged with premeditated murder.
Earlier this week, American tabloid The National Inquirer reported Steenkamp had been shot because she was pregnant.
It breathlessly announced: “Oscar Pistorius killed his stunning girlfriend in a fit of rage after she told him she was pregnant!”
Earlier unsubstantiated rumours suggesting Pistorius had been concerned his girlfriend was cheating on him had sparked the row which led to the shooting, the paper said. It inferred Steenkamp informed her lover she was expecting in an attempt to placate him.
But family spokesman Mike Steenkamp told Times Live the rumours were untrue.
He said: “The post mortem would have revealed if Reeva was pregnant and it did not reveal anything like this. Maybe it comes from the other side, to garner and build up some sort of support for Oscar.”
Pistorius claims he believed he was shooting at an intruder, but prosecutors say the double-amputee intended to kill the 29year-old.
A funeral service for the law graduate took place last week.