Nurse Jacintha Saldanha who took the prank call from 2 Australian DJs was found dead, suspected suicide.
A member of the staff at Kate Middleton’s hospital (King Edward Hospital), who was one of the voices heard when a prank call was made by 2 Australian DJs was found dead.
British police confirmed that the woman was one of the voices heard from that prank call. It was said that the woman died of suspected suicide. Her body was found unconscious close to the hospital. An ambulance was dispatched to the scene but, unfortunately, could not revive her.
The nurse was identified as Jacintha Saldanha. She was indentified by her colleagues as popular, hard-working and reliable nurse. Jacintha had been serving London’s private King Edward VII Hospital for four years.
Ms Saldanha was 46 years old and mother of a 16-year-old son and daughter, 14, with her partner, hospital accountant Benedict Barboza.
After the call became public, a number of people posted critical and offensive online messages attacking the nurse for being easily fooled.
Australian DJs who made the prank call to King Edward Hospital
The Royal College of Nursing blamed Jacintha Saldanha’s death to Australian radio hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian of Sydney’s 2DayFM, who made the call. The two DJs fooled the nurse into revealing the condition of Kate Middleton.
Here is the statement of King Edward Hospital on the death of nurse, Jacintha Saldanha.
“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.
“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.”
Kate Middleton and Prince William as they were leaving the hospital