Nurse in Kate royal hoax call found dead—hospital


In this Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 file photo, policeman stand guard outside the King Edward VII hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted with a severe form of morning sickness, in London .King Edward VII hospital says the nurse involved in Kate hoax call has died, it has been announced, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. AP/Alastair Grant

LONDON—A nurse at the hospital which treated Prince William’s pregnant wife Catherine was found dead on Friday, days after being duped by a hoax call from an Australian radio station, the hospital said.

The private King Edward VII hospital named the nurse as Jacintha Saldanha, who had worked there for four years, and said it had learned of her “tragic death” with “very deep sadness.”

The hospital did not comment on media reports that she had committed suicide, while police said they were treating the death, which happened at a property near the hospital, as unexplained.

“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,” the hospital said in a statement.

“Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII’s Hospital for more than four years. She was an excellent nurse and well-respected and popular with all of her colleagues.

In what it billed as the “biggest royal prank ever”, two presenters from Sydney’s 2Day FM station called the hospital on Monday pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and William’s father Prince Charles.

They asked to speak to the former Kate Middleton and a hospital receptionist then put them through to a nurse who gave the presenters private details of the Duchess of Cambridge’s severe morning sickness.

Hospital chief executive John Lofthouse added, referring to the nurse who died: “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies at this time are with her family and friends. Everyone is shocked by the loss of a much loved and valued colleague.”

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Police were called at 9:25 am (0925 GMT) this morning to reports of a woman unconscious at an address in Weymouth Street, W1.

“London Ambulance Service attended and a woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Inquiries continue to establish the circumstances of the incident. The death is being treated as unexplained.”

A source in the emergency services told AFP that while the death was being treated as unexplained it was not thought to be suspicious.

There was no immediate comment from St James’s Palace, the official residence of William and Kate.

Radio presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian apologized earlier this week for the call, even as the station was milking the publicity for it.

“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,” the presenters said in a statement.

“We’re very sorry if we’ve caused any issues and we’re glad to hear that Kate is doing well.”

The presenters insisted it was lighthearted and even Prince Charles joked about the incident on Thursday, saying to reporters who were asking him about Kate’s condition: “How do you know I’m not a radio station?”

Kate was admitted to hospital on Monday with acute morning sickness and left on Thursday, saying she was feeling much better.

Her admission to hospital was the first the world knew of her pregnancy. It will be the couple’s first child and will be third in line to the British throne after Charles and William.

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  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Those presenters should be fired!

    • Marx Louis Wang

       you mean pranksters?

  • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

    “This is the queen. I would like to check on my granddaughter, Kate, please”.

  • Noel

    She could have been killed for the mistake she did to the Royal couple.

  • Guest

    Not a suicide but a Murder 100%  similar the case of lady Diana and dode fiad this case will also be thrown into basket princess Kate should punish who taken the life of that nurse.

  • Barak_O

    mi6 did it

  • speedstream2

    Now, the hoax does not sound funny anymore. Those who were part of hoax could now have blood on their jobs. A liability suit could be in the works.

  • Mitsu Galante

    Does anyone watch the show “Scandal?”  Let’s just say Prince Williams and Catherine had the situation of nurse Jacintha’s indiscretions of their hospital stay “handled.”  Just like in Washington D.C. they have fixers, so do the Royals!  Her “unexplained,” untimely death is just too much of a coincidence.

  • Jose Gravador

    james bond did it, loyal to country and the queen,

    • alfred sanchez

       i was just about to say the same

  • $26606290

    suicide siguro dahil sa hiya…..
    kung ganito lang sana ang mga nasa gobyerno natin.

  • Lapu Lapu

    “Unexplained death”??

    Tell the world the truth Scotland yard.

  • plunderer

    SINASABUN ng husto kasi kaya hindi nakayanan


    I do hope that some of the “facts” of these reports are true..and if so,I certainly hope that the Family of that unfortunate nurse lay murder charges against the radio station AND all it’s employees involved in this  disgusting hoax!

  • 444mangyan888

    sa pinas tawag jan..”salvage”..

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  • andrewassme

    The UK better polish their privacy act laws. More and more of this form of privacy breaches can and will happen. It was truly an honest mistake for the nurse’s part but what can you do if you’re being  paid 10 to 15  pounds an hour and get reprimanded by your boss ie the NHS, which is run by the government.

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  • tarikan

    A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Police were called at 9:25 am (0925 GMT) this morning to reports of a woman unconscious at an address in Weymouth Street, W1. King’s English: 9:25 am, this morning. Really, a.m. is in the morning? Sure? Ah, they are in the western hemisphere…GMT lol!!!

  • PhoenixPoliticalParty

    The Scotland Yard should vigorously pursue the case.   And make public their findings.

    My sympathies to the poor nurse and her bereaved family .  I can understand this personal outrage she must have felt at being victimized.  May those radio hosts atone for this tragedy.

  • Don Dee

    What if this is just a counter-hoax from the Royals to make those Australian news presenters feel guilty?

  • Leo Calo

    Another mysterious death in England…

  • concernedofw02

    May those radio host died, to the maximum pain…

  • Olibo

    What a waste of life. These people should learn from our politicians how to lie and stick to their lies even when cornered. That radio mimickers should be charged of manslaughter. Media people should leave the royals alone. The more you ‘stalk’ them the more they become attention-seekers.

  • Rene V

    hospital authorities can always sugarcoat things after the fact. that the hospital “learned of her death in tragic sadness”. “the hospital had been supporting her”, i really hope so. the fact is, one mistake can cost one’s license and the hospital cannot care any better. that’s quality control for you.

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Bad omen. The fetus is marred with a death of a nurse.

  • Marx Louis Wang

    The ghost of the nurse will take care of the baby!  AAAAOOOOOOWWWWWWW!!!!

    • botets

      ur a low life re tard

      • Marx Louis Wang

         You are more retard, can’t organize a simple sentence.

      • botets

        it was intended becos ure a re tard… you have a sick humour and when you die soon everybody will be rejoicing.. try to earn good money and make urself proud just like a nurse.. AWWOOOOOO not aaooowww

  • joshua kings

    ‘jacintha saldanha.’     FILI[INA?  murder – mysterious cause of death?

    some lessons to be learned:never cross royalty unless you are royalty….?for royalties, commoners are very dispensable?some royalties are personification of the angel of death?  or life?whew!   what a nightmare!?

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