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Following the shocking suicide of the nurse who answered the prank phone call by the Australian DJs at the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated, the Internet has exploded with outrage towards the DJs. The radio station quickly issued a statement, saying that the DJs are saddened by the tragedy.
Early Friday, King Edward VII Hospital nurse Jacintha Saldanha was found dead by police. Saldanha is the nurse who picked up the phone when 2Day FM DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian called Tuesday, pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles. Saldanha picked up the phone and transferred them directly to the Duchess’ ward.
The station and its owners issued a more formal statement on Facebook, extending their “deepest sympathies” to Saldanha’s family and “all that have been affected by this situation around the world.”
CEO Rhys Holleran spoke to the DJs who are “deeply shocked and at this time we have agreed that they not comment about the circumstances.”
They have decided not to return to the airways “until further notice out of respect for what can only be described as a tragedy.”
the statement was met with over 2,000 replies, with some suggesting that the station start a charity for the family and others calling them “murderers.”
The Daily Mail reports that the DJs have also deleted their Twitter accounts.
St. James Palace issued a statement, saying that the Royal family’s “thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.”