Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse working as a receptionist at King Edward VII Hospital, where a pregnant Kate Middleton was recovering from extreme morning sickness, was found dead this morning, and police suspect suicide, the Daily Mail reports. Saldanha was apparently the receptionist who fell for the prank call made earlier this week by Australian radio DJs, impersonating Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles to get intel on the Duchess’ health.
“Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII Hospital for more than four years. She was an excellent nurse and well respected and popular with all over her colleagues,” a statement from the hospital said of the mother of two, who was found unconscious at a residence near the hospital and could not be revived. “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.”
Somehow, we even feel guilty for this tragedy, since when we wrote about the prank on Wednesday, we sent out sympathy to the nurse on duty who divulged details to DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian and said that whoever answered the phones at the hospital, that would be Saldanha, was probably “in deep …” Jeez. According to the Daily Mail, however, she was not being disciplined for putting the call through.
Police are still calling the death “unexplained,” and further details are unavailable at press time.
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