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Kate Middleton

Hospital Nurse Found Dead After Radio Prank ... Suicide Suspected

12/7/2012 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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8:30 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell us ... cops are NOT planning on conducting a criminal investigation into the death at this point ... and believe there was no foul play.

We're told a post-mortem examination (autopsy) is currently being scheduled and is expected to be conducted in the next few days.

Meanwhile, Kate and William's rep has issued a statement on behalf of the royals saying they are "deeply saddened" by the news ... adding, "Their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time."

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A nurse at the hospital where Kate Middleton was treated for morning sickness this week has been found dead ... and suicide is suspected -- after she mistakenly transferred a prank radio call to Kate's hospital room.

According to law enforcement, the woman was found dead at an address near King Edward VII hospital, where she worked, around 9:30 AM this morning.

Paramedics were dispatched to the scene but were unable to revive her. Scotland Yard is treating the death as a possible suicide.

The woman -- a nurse identified as Jacintha Saldanha -- was the victim of a prank by an Australian radio station, which called King Edward VII hospital on Wednesday pretending to be the Queen of England (with a terrible accent) and asking to speak to Kate.



The nurse immediately transferred the call to Kate's room, where another nurse then nervously explained Kate's condition over the phone. The call was broadcast all over the planet.

The radio station issued an apology just hours after the prank aired, saying, "We were very surprised that our call was put through. We thought we'd be hung up on as soon as they heard our terrible accents. We’re very sorry if we’ve caused any issues and we’re glad to hear that Kate is doing well."

Kate was released from the hospital yesterday.

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DK    

Shame on the DJ and the team for such a shameful prank. A nurse who believes she is giving information / to whom she is lead to believe is the Queen. As confidential as she tries to be...she shares. Probably not the best..but she was kind. The radio announcers laughed at what they got out of her in her kindness. Bad accents were your laugh...who is laughing now. Shame on you. A life is lost. She was probably a great nurse with all the best interest in her patient's care. May a higher power giude you in your recovery over a very bad decision.

649 days ago
197.

gio    

blame everything on tat stupid radio show! how disgusting is their action, even if they were playing?
that radio should be shut down

649 days ago
198.

shannon     

yeah im sure the radio host where thinking hey lets phone tap princess kate so a nurse will get in trouble and feel so bad by the media that she would kill herself. they didnt even think they would get through. you are all idiots, and the info given about kate was that she threw up OMG! So What!

649 days ago
199.

kj881    

This nurse clearly had mental issues, to kill yourself over an imaginary princess joke...real strange they cut out the investigation tho

649 days ago
200.

NOT ELMO    

Hospital Nurse Found Dead After Radio Prank...................R.i.P.

649 days ago
201.

Kate    

They belong in jail. Fraud and impersonating a head of state to breach medical confidentiality.

649 days ago
202.

Pancakes    

This is terrible, yes it was wrong to do what they done but the voices they did were the most dodgiest British accents and should of been picked up, but they weren't, The Australian Djs should be kicked off the air and banned from any radio and tv shows to do with international and nation broadcasting. Yes Australians like to joke and carry on and they all take things to serious or far, but this shouldn't make all of them look bad.

649 days ago
203.

wrx7182    

It's not the dj's fault this lady killed herself. Clearly she had other problems if this pushed her over the edge, but no one would have known that.

649 days ago
204.

dididothat    

This poor woman was humiliated

649 days ago
205.

Mee    

You know they can't have nurses in that hospital that are going to tell how constipated the Royal's got, or how much they vomited because their in and out of there so careful to those 'loose lips'

649 days ago
206.

amiejo123    

Seriously? You have got to be a nut job to kill yourself over this crap. Stop blaming the dj's. I find the prank hilarious. Shame on the "royal" family for not having better security. No one in their right mind would kill themselves over this Obviously she had other issues. Humiliated? Come on!!write a ****in book about it and move on.

649 days ago
207.

KATHY =( ^-^ )=    

Please...I think it's a --> co-incidence. .....Are people that weak? I'm sure there was other things going on in that Receptionists life. They should not fire the Radio Host over this. I am so sick of people grabbing onto anything to lay blame on stuff. Its' called a co-incidence.. Why should people have to walk around on eggshells all the time. I am so sick of this Liberal crap with the though Police,and others looking for an answer to why people do stuff like killing themselves,and not accepting personal responsibility. Like when the actual person kills themselves.

649 days ago
208.

amy    

well!!! i m pretty sure its nt suicide!!! think bout it... !!!

649 days ago
209.

Dizzy    

amanda todd, nurse edition...

649 days ago
210.

noyfb    

Destroy 2DayFM

649 days ago
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