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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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She was just doing her job and never thought about being pranked in the middle of her busy day. What a sad story. Those 2 should definitely be fired.

683 days ago


There was something else going on with this woman, clearly ....The prank phone call was merely the" last straw"(or the last call ). Now however, we're never going to hear the end about how this was in fact a "conspiracy "!!! Mabey it was the "Butler "or better yet Lady Di, eh????

683 days ago


Though this woman was potentially mentally unstable to began with, this prank could have cost her, her job, we don't know what other pressure she might have already been facing, and now to lose her job because of someone else's stupidity, that may have sent her over the edge... There's never a "real"excuse to kill yourself, however, you never know what was going on in her life...So I do believe that this prank could possibly have added to her struggles, if in fact it was to cost her her job... Sad story!

683 days ago

skunk butt    

Man that is bad Ju ju. God save the Queen.

683 days ago


The male DJ and the female DJ now erase their twitter accounts and hide.

683 days ago


Do they not have laws equivalent to our HIPAA laws in England? I'm totally blown away as to how someone can call and not provide anything but a name and get a patient's medical history. I get that she thought it was the Queen but....Wow. They're should have been some sort of briefing for security reasons at least. There has to be more to this story because it doesn't make any sense as to how easily information was given out.

683 days ago


Totally unbelieveable. People over there take that Royal BS Wayyyyyyyyy to seriously. Granted Middleton brings fresh blood to the gene pool but their still a bunch of inbreads!

683 days ago


This is very sad and confusing.

683 days ago


This is just sad. Pranksters don't think things through and they certainly do not care about the harm and hurt they cause others. There is a line between humor and plain mean-spiritedness.Too many people lack empathy, being uncaring, cruel and selfish.

The Australian DJs are prime examples. They bear culpability in this operator's death. There may have been other things going on in this nurse's life, but it takes very little to push a mentally fragile person over the edge.

The DJs only care about themselves and the ratings and not about others. They need to accept responsibility for what they did. Apologies are not enough, especially when the apology is false.

683 days ago


They KILLED her!!

683 days ago


this royal family will do anything to be in the news. just shows what a weak minded society it takes to put a outdated royalty in such high regards.

683 days ago


So sad!

683 days ago


I'm sorry but this was a prank. Nothing more and nothing less. There is a reason why hospitals should not give information over the phone and this is a prime example why celebrities and VIPs should never be an exception simply because of their status. Prank calls are very common, especially from radio stations. Let's not make villains out of these two for a simple phone call. The nurse must have already been mentally unstable and her suicide was her own mentally clouded decision. It would appear that she isn't even the one who passed out the information and the second nurse didn't run out and kill herself. Unfortunate and sad? Yes! Who is to blame? No one! Blame mental illness!

683 days ago


This is just SO sad. :(

683 days ago

Nita Frantz    

The radio station that made the crank call should be held responsible for the suicide. They should have been able to foresee that there would be consequences to their actions. The radio station committed a criminal act (the recording of the conversation) and someone died because of that criminal act.

683 days ago
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