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Duchess of Cambridge nurse commits suicide after Australian DJs prank call hospital

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

The nurse attending to Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, during her hospital stay at King Edward VII Hospital when a prank phone call came in from two Australian DJs was found dead Friday morning after allegedly committing suicide.

According to Sky News, a Scotland Yard spokesman informed that police were called to an address close to the hospital where they found the nurse in question unconscious. “Police were called at approximately 9.35 a.m. this morning to a report of a woman found unconscious at an address in Weymouth Street, W1,” the spokesman explained.

"London Ambulance Service attended and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Inquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances of the incident."

Sky News reports that the nurse has been identified as Jacintha Saldanha.

The hospital has released a statement saying, “It is with very deep sadness that we confirm the tragic death of a member of our nursing staff, Jacintha Saldanha. Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII's Hospital for more than four years. She was an excellent nurse and well-respected and popular with all of her colleagues.”

Adding, “We can confirm that Jacintha was recently the victim of a hoax call to the hospital. The hospital had been supporting her throughout this difficult time."

A statement has also been released from St. James’ Palace with Prince William and the Catherine saying they are “deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jacintha Saldanha".

As we previously reported, DJs Mel Grieg and Michael Christian from Australia’s 2Day radio show called the hospital in the hopes of getting information on the newly announced pregnant Duchess. The DJs were surprised when the nurse offered a significant amount of information, saying that she was doing well, sleeping “off and on” and inviting the callers to come see her during visiting hours after she “freshens up.”

The Chief executive of the hospital released a statement apologizing, calling the incident a “prank call that we all deplore.”

The statement from the Royals concludes, "Their Royal Highnesses were looked after so wonderfully well at all times by everybody at King Edward VII Hospital, and their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time."

 

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