Nurse In Kate Middleton Prank Found Dead After Australian Radio DJs Place Phony Call To King Edward VII Hospital
London, UK (WIBX) - Prince William and Kate are reportedly "saddened" by the news that a nurse who was pranked by two Australian DJs, called "presenters" in the United Kingdom, has been found dead close to King Edward VII Hospital where she worked.
The body of Jacintha Saldanha was discovered at an address near King Edward VII Hospital at approximately 9:30am today.
Saldanha was a nurse at the hospital and the mother of two who transferred a phony call from the presenters from 2Day FM. The DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, pretended to be the Queen and Prince Charles and asked about the Duchess' condition and asked if they could be put through. During their broadcast they remarked how the call was the "easiest prank call ever made."
In a statement released by the hospital officials said, "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." She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Scotland Yard is investigating and, at this point, it appears that Saldanha's death was the result of suicide.
Although it is a respected practice in the media not to report suicides, mainly out of fear of the potential for "glamorizing" or encouraging them, this case is an exception because it appears that Jacintha Saldanha felt victimized by the Australian presenters.
The Daily Mail is reporting that William and Kate have issued a statement that their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha's Saldanha's family, friends, and colleagues and that they "paid tribute to the care the Duchess received at the King Edward VII."
The presenters bragged about the hoax on the air, urging people to tune in more on Twitter at #royalprank.
Fox and Friends aired the audio from the original prank phone call by DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian:
This video from ITV News shows officials from King Edward VII Hospital speaking after Saldanha's body was discovered:
Prior to a formal response from 2Day FM, their Facebook page was full of comments from listeners upset about the tragedy. Here is a sampling of what was posted before the station responded.
Here is the response, posted on 2Day FM's Facebook page at approximately 1:30pm ET on December 7, 2012: