Oscar Pistorius is denying murdering his girlfriend.
The 26-year-old was arrested on Thursday after Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead at his luxury home on the Silver Lakes Golf Estate.
Pistorius appeared in court on Friday morning where he was formally charged with murder and has been remanded in custody ahead of a second appearance next Tuesday when police are expected to contest his bail appeal.
The Paralympian’s family and management company released a joint statement on Friday afternoon saying that Pistorius disputed the allegation he had murdered Ms Steenkamp in the "strongest terms" and adding that "firstly, and most importantly, all our thoughts today must be with the family and friends of Reeva Steenkamp".
The death of Ms Steenkamp was described in the statement from Pistorius' family and management as a "terrible, terrible tragedy".
The statement read: "Oscar Pistorius has appeared in court here in Pretoria this morning formally charged with the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. The alleged murder is disputed in the strongest terms.
"These are now live and active legal proceedings which must be allowed to take their course through the process of proper investigation by the police, evidence-gathering and through the local South African judicial system.
"In a short hearing lawyers representing the athlete asked for a postponement for a bail application until Tuesday next week to allow time for their own investigation into the circumstances of the tragedy, which was agreed by the magistrate, who also agreed that Pistorius would be held in custody at a local police station.
"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."