Jacintha Saldanha, nurse who took Kate Middleton pregnancy royal prank call, found dead

News articles online raise more questions than answers on how Jacintha Saldanha, the hospital nurse who took the ‘royal prank call’ for Kate Middleton from two Australian DJs, died.

There seems to be a ‘news blackout’ on details whether Saldanha, who allegedly committed suicide, was berated or fired by hospital management for violating patient confidentiality.

Personal details, particulary Saldanha’s nationality, are also scarce as of the moment. Some netizens got curious if Saldanha was an immigrant from the Philippines. There were rumors that she was a Filipina nurse.

Reports said her lifeless body was removed from a “five-storey building” where it was found and was transferred to an ambulance. The building is near the hospital where Kate is being treated for “acute nausea” related to her pregnancy. A deeper investigation is ongoing.

During Tuesday morning’s prank call, information about Kate’s condition was reportedly released to 2Day radio hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian who pretended to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles.

Reports said Saldanha purportedly put the hoax call through to another nurse who told the DJs that the duchess was “quite stable” and had not “had any retching.”

In a statement released online, the hospital management said: “It is with very deep sadness that we confirm the tragic death of a member of our nursing staff. We can confirm that Jacintha was recently the victim of a hoax call to the hospital.”

The hospital said Saldanha has been working there for four years.

Meanwhile, the St. James Palace also released a statement saying “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jacintha Saldanha.”

“Their Royal Highnesses were looked after so wonderfully well at all times by everybody at King Edward VII Hospital, and their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time,” the statement said.

The prank callers are under fire in social networking sites. Christian and Greig were reportedly cyberbullied and had received threats before they deactivated their Twitter accounts. Netizens called for their resignation and some urged the radio station to have them fired from their jobs.



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