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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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ScuterLynn    

This is very sad but its not the prankers fault. They didnt tell her to kill herself and they didnt tell her to transfer the call in the first place. Im sure she felt bad but thats not the worst thing that could happen to a person

629 days ago
32.

Midori    

You just don't need a royal family anymore! What century are we living in really?

629 days ago
33.

LIsa    

Hope those two idiot DJ's are fired. This poor woman probably thought she was going to lose her job (or worse) where she had worked for 4 years because of her mistake.

629 days ago
34.

neglky    

Crazy, I don't get how people are so weak minded. Taking ur life over a prank thats ****ing stupid

629 days ago
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FresnoBullpup    

Ugh, I am hoping this is a prank to teach the DJ's a lesson. So sad if it isn't.

629 days ago
36.

Tamie    

Such a sad and unfortunate turn of events. I am sure that the Royals and the hospital had primarily one point of contact for relaying information regarding the princess. This nurse might not have been told about that or just fell totally for the con job obviously. The thing that I don't understand is why Kate had to be hospitalized? Not saying her morning sickness didn't require medical attention but a nurse could have monitored/treated her in the privacy of her own home somewhere else? But we aren't privy to all of the information so they likely did the best they could with what they knew.

629 days ago
37.

Kevin    

Agreed. I'm sure some criminal offence took place here but I'm not sure what.

629 days ago
38.

CarneyIsGod    

This story now makes me ashamed to be Australian...

629 days ago
39.

Rhubino    

Yes, it is rather sad that you smell a conspiracy. A woman simply offed herself. Nothing more, nothing less.

629 days ago
40.

tremers    

there may be more to this why so quick to blame some one? She obviously had other issues

629 days ago
41.

Kevin    

If this affair sees the end of dumb-assed radio "jocks" and their tired games and personalities, as least some good will come of it.

629 days ago
42.

tomtraubertsblues    

This is the result of a country that still exalts privileged aristocrats that take their tax money and sit on their asses their whole lives. The people need to stop supporting them and perpetuating a culture where someone would kill themselves because they were human and made a mistake. No doubt people vilified here and made her feel like dirt.

629 days ago
43.

Masoman    

Of course this is the Pranksters fault !!! Like its not the Bully's fault that kids kill themselves ? Those 2 need to learn there are consequences for their actions intentional or not ?!

629 days ago
44.

BABS    

I recently heard a radio dj prank call saying he wanted his money back for losing the lottery and it was so annoying - not to mention the people who are working have to be deal with the idiot politely etc. The days for prank calls by radio stations are over and stupid.

629 days ago
45.

Quinn    

Oh my God, that is horrible. Poor lady.

629 days ago
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