Prank Call Causes Nurse to Commit Suicide

Nicole Jelinek, Entertainment Editor

A nurse at King Edward VII hospital was found dead after a prank call from an Australian radio station to Dutchess Kate Middleton’s room, regarding information about her morning sickness conditions. After more investigation, the nurse’s death was deemed a suicide.

According to the police, the nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, was found dead near the hospital at about 9:30am on Friday, December 7.  In an Us Weekly article, she was said to be found hanging by a scarf from a wardrobe in her room near King Edward VII Hospital. The detective, James Harman, also reported that Jucintha had marks on her wrists and left 3 notes; 2 were found in the room closet and the other was in her room. No further information has been released regarding the content of the notes and to whom they were for.

Jacintha Saldanha was 46 years old, married, and had two children that she left behind. Us Weekly , also reported that “the Sydney-based DJs have publicly apologized for their prank call, calling themselves “shattered, gutted, heartbroken” over Saldanha’s suicide.”

The DJ’s were identified as Michael Christian and Mel Greig. When asked about it, Greig stated, “It was never meant to go that far. It was meant to be a silly little prank that so many people have done before. This wasn’t meant to happen.” After their prank call, the two reportedly suspended themselves, voluntarily, from their show on Australia’s 2day FM, in the wake of Saldanha’s death. They have not decided wheather they would return to the show or not yet. Both added, “it is the least of our worries right now.”

As for the Royals, Kate and William, their rep has issued a statement on behalf of them stating that they are “deeply saddened” by the news. “Their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.”