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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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Eric    

She was probably assassinated.

635 days ago
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ria    

It was heard all over the world? Where is the sound clip TMZ? Selective reporting, huh?

635 days ago
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amyy555    

The radip people should have hung up immediately after being transferred to Kate's nurse. Thatsbwuere they crossed the line. Is it even legal to impersonate someone in order to get personal medicalninformation?? I bet its not. I feel so bad for the receptionist who was obviously the scapegoat.

635 days ago
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Max    

I imagine she was the 'fall guy' at the hospital and was catching hell from work and the palace reps. What an awful thing to have happen to a person. She probably didn't dare try and call out a hoax because what if it was really the palace calling? (Not that she'd know they wouldn't call through reception.) Never cared for prank calls much. What exactly do they expect people at work to do? Behave like the idiots pranking them?

635 days ago
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amyy555    

Sorry for my typos..I'm Multitasking (and failing) lol

635 days ago
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JFO    

It really wasn't worth all that - I hope this radio station and the idiots that perpetrated this silly hoax are happy with their little prank. What a horrible ending to this travesty.

635 days ago
22.

Johnny    

It would be funny if this were just a prank to get the radio hosts back.

635 days ago
23.

ria    

Damn, isn't she supposedly in her 20's? Damn white people age badly. And some of you think this is beauty, lol.

635 days ago
24.

Michelle    

I hope this is also a prank, how sad.

635 days ago
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Mick Kahler    

In our world of instant access, where crazy news travels at warp speed, dumb pranks like the one the Australian DJs did carry major impact. People, THINK more than 5 seconds ahead of yourself before you do stupid things.

635 days ago
26.

Masoman    

OMG-Isn't there a law here in the states that if you cause/lead someone to die / get killed that you can go to prison ? Hope they do in the UK ? Those two D-Bags didn't care about the fallout or damage till now ! So sad !! May she RIP .

635 days ago
27.

jen    

Horrible....

635 days ago
28.

Delaware D    

That is horrible.

635 days ago
29.

greg    

Very sad, there sound be some type of harassment chargers to the radio host.

635 days ago
30.

jo    

so sad, a life ending, over a really bad joke

635 days ago
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