Nurse Who Took Radio Hoax Call on Princess Kate Found Dead
A London nurse who took a call from two Australian radio disc jockeys posing as the Queen and Prince Charles, and transferred the call to another nurse who unintentionally revealed details about Princess Kate's pregnancy, has been found dead.
Police said on Friday that the nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, was found dead but no further details were released.
According to British media, police were called at 9:35 GMT to reports of a woman found unconscious at an address in central London.
The second nurse unwittingly revealed details about the Duchess of Cambridge's condition in speaking to the pair of DJs from Sydney radio station 2Day FM, who posed as the Queen and Prince Charles on Tuesday. Saldanha took the call as the duty nurse and transfered it to a colleague.
The Duchess was at the hospital because of morning sickness in the early stages of her pregnancy, which has caused a media furor. She has since been released. The radio duo later apologized.
The hospital said in a statement: "We can confirm that Jacintha was recently the victim of a hoax call to the hospital. The hospital had been supporting her throughout this difficult time."
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The hospital said the nurse had not been disciplined. It added: "Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII's Hospital for more than four years." It added: "She was an excellent nurse and well-respected and popular with all of her colleagues."
Prince William and Kate released a statement saying they were deeply saddened by the death of the nurse.