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Thursday
Dec132012

Royal Prank Call: Nurse Hanged Herself, Left Three Notes

An undated family photograph of Jacintha Saldanha. (STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)(LONDON) -- Jacintha Saldanha, the London nurse who killed herself after she answered a radio-station prank call about Kate Middleton, was found hanging from the neck and left three notes, according to the coroner's officer.

The 46-year-old nurse who worked at London's King Edward VII Hospital was discovered on Dec. 7 hanging by a scarf from a wardrobe in her bedroom, Coroner's Officer Lynda Martindill told a British inquest.

The wife and mother of two also had injuries to her wrists, according to police detective chief inspector James Harman.

Harman told the coroner's inquest that two notes were found at the scene and a third was discovered among Saldanha's belongings.  He did not release the contents of the notes.

There is no suspicion of foul play in Saldanha's death, Harman said.  Investigators are still trying to piece together exactly what led to her suicide, and are now interviewing her friends, family and co-workers to find more information, he said.

Saldanha was found dead last Friday morning after police were called to an address near the hospital to "reports of a woman found unconscious," according to a statement from Scotland Yard.

Saldanha had worked at the hospital for more than four years.

DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian of 2Day FM in Sydney called the hospital on Dec. 5 pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, looking to speak to Middleton, who was being treated at the hospital for acute nausea related to her pregnancy.  The duo were able to obtain information about the duchess' condition.

When the royal impersonators called the hospital, Saldanha put them through to a second nurse who told the royal impersonators that Middleton was "quite stable" and hadn't "had any retching."

The radio station, along with Greig and Christian, has apologized for the prank call, and the Australian Communications and Media Authority has now launched an investigation into the incident.

Coroner Fiona Wilcox has adjourned the inquest into Saldanha's death until March 26.

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Wednesday
Dec122012

Nurse at Kate Middleton's Hospital Left Suicide Note

Danny Martindale/WireImage(LONDON) -- British newspapers revealed on Tuesday that the nurse who killed herself last Friday after taking a prank call at the hospital where Kate Middleton had been staying left a suicide note for her family.

The contents of the note allegedly written by Jacintha Saldanha have not been revealed but her husband, Ben Barboza, has demanded that the staff at King Edward VII Hospital give him and his two children the circumstances behind his wife's death.

Saldanha, 46, was the senior nurse on duty when she passed along a call made by two Australian disc jockeys who pretended to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles inquiring about the welfare of the Duchess of Cambridge, who was being treated at the hospital for acute morning sickness.

Keith Vaz, a member of parliament who is looking into Saldanha's death, agreed that "What the family needs are the full facts."

Since the suicide, the two disc jockeys have been fired, their show cancelled and the company that owns Australian radio station 2Day FM has pledged over $515,000 to a fund set up for Saldanha's family.

Meanwhile, there were also reports that Middleton is again experiencing acute morning sickness from her pregnancy, although as of Wednesday she had not returned to the hospital.

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Tuesday
Dec112012

Royal Prank Call: Radio Station to Donate $500K to Nurse's Family

A Current Affair/ABC News(SYDNEY) -- The Australian radio station that employed the DJs who prank-called the London hospital where Kate Middleton was being treated has cancelled their show and will donate at least $500,000 to the grieving husband and children of the nurse who took the call and later apparently killed herself.

Australia's 2Day FM released a statement on Tuesday saying it hopes to "help [Jacintha] Saldanha's family with the support they need at this very difficult time."

After days of suspended advertising, the radio station at the center of a global firestorm announced it will resume airing commercials on Thursday.  All its profits for the rest of the year will go directly to the family of the unsuspecting nurse at the center of that joke.

The Sydney-based station also issued a company-wide suspension of prank calls after the nurse who initially answered the hospital call was found dead.

Saldanha's husband and two teenage children met with officials at the hospital on Monday, and spoke publicly for the first time, although via a member of the British Parliament.

"This is a close family," Keith Vaz said.  "They are devastated by what has happened.  They miss her every moment of every day."

While their show has been terminated, it's still unclear whether DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian of Australia's 2Day FM will be.

The two could face criminal charges if police determine their call was illegally recorded.

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Friday
Dec072012

Radio Pranksters Pulled Off Air After Nurse's Death

HotAustralian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian have been pulled off the air until further notice. (Hot30 Countdown/Facebook)(LONDON) -- The two Australian radio hosts who prank-called the hospital where Kate Middleton was being treated have been pulled off the air "until further notice" after the hoaxed nurse was found dead Friday.

"Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) and 2Day FM are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha from King Edward VII's Hospital and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family and all that have been affected by this situation around the world," the radio station said in a statement posted on their Facebook page.

The station's chief executive spoke with the DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, and "they are both deeply shocked," the statement said. The parties agreed that the hosts would not comment on the situation.

"SCA and the hosts have decided that they will not return to their radio show until further notice out of respect for what can only be described as a tragedy," the statement said.

In the Tuesday morning prank call, information about the duchess' condition was released by a nurse to Greig and Christian when they pretended to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles looking to speak to Middleton, who was being treated at the hospital for acute nausea related to her pregnancy.

When the royal impersonators called the hospital, Saldanha put through to a second nurse who told the royal impersonators that Kate was "quite stable" and hadn't "had any retching."

"It is with very deep sadness that we confirm the tragic death of a member of our nursing staff," the hospital said in a statement released Friday.

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

The hospital said that Saldanha worked at the hospital for more than four years. They called her a "first-class nurse" and "a well-respected and popular member of the staff."

The hospital extended their "deepest sympathies" to family and friends, saying that "everyone is shocked" at this "tragic event."

"She will be greatly missed," the hospital said.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jacintha Saldanha," a spokesman from St. James Palace said in a statement.

"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," the statement said.

Police were called to an address near the hospital at about 9:35 a.m. GT Friday to "reports of a woman found unconscious," according to a statement from Scotland Yard.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. "Inquiries continue to establish the circumstances of the incident. Next of kin have been informed," the statement said.

Circumstances of the death being investigated, but are not suspicious at this stage, according to police.

The duchess spent three days at the hospital undergoing treatment for hyperemesis gravidarum, severe or debilitating nausea and vomiting. She was released from the hospital on Thursday morning.

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