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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."

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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Hospital has issued statement .. It was the nurse who took the call who was found not the receptionist

650 days ago


This is terrible news. The radio hosts thought they would be chewed out and hung up on, which could have been very entertaining. Once they realized that wasn't the case, they probably should've revealed the gag before airing it and gotten the proper permission to air it. They had to know someone would suffer serious consequences as a result.

650 days ago


Wow how sad. She made a mistake, is it really worth killing yourself over. Damn.

650 days ago


How sad. You are going to kill yourself over these two people and a phone call. This hospital should be held liable, I can imagine what they said and did to her!

650 days ago


"We’re very sorry if we’ve caused any issues and we’re glad to hear that Kate is doing well."

Kate's doing well but the receptionist you killed isn't.

650 days ago


The British media are reporting that she did commit suicide, that she was a nurse (not a receptionist) and that she had two children.
This is beyond sad.

650 days ago


I thought this story was a prank. Very weird and horribly sad. The royals are not that important to kill yourself over.

650 days ago


Was the nurse fired? I didn't hear any reports in that...

650 days ago


The receptionist believed it but the nurse more than likely didn't but didn't want to act like an idiot to the callers in Kate's hearing. Oh well, another point for why Australia should just keep quiet down under someones arse. Idiot jockeys. Should lose their jobs.

650 days ago


CNN says it was the nurse not the receptionist...?

650 days ago


oh please, the prank call was entertaining and harmless, the DJs were doing their job. blame the hospital administration that probably ripped the poor woman to shreds.

650 days ago


Suicide????Please, I highly doubt that women killed herself over a mistake. Kate is royalty I think we all know what really happened.

650 days ago


Okay, who ever answered the phone believed it nurse or receptionist, the one that said hold on and then music was being played.

650 days ago


Too hard to believe that she committed suicide solely because of a mistake even though it was a big one. It just gave her the final push.Those dayum DJs need to be held accountable to some degree to teach them that their jokes can cause harm

650 days ago

buzz kill    

Sure she did. If you buy that I have a bridge to sell you.

650 days ago
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