The hospital receptionist who was hoaxed by a prank call from a DJ claiming to be the queen asking about Kate Middleton has been found dead. The woman apparently couldn’t take the embarrassment from the hoopla the incident caused, so she killed herself.
“It is with very deep sadness that we confirm the tragic death of a member of our nursing staff,” the hospital said in a statement released today.
The nurse was identified as Jacintha Saldanha. The hospital said that Saldanha worked at the hospital for more than four years. They called her an “first-class nurse” and “a well-respected and popular member of the staff.”
“We can confirm that Jacintha was recently the victim of a hoax call to the hospital,” the statement said. “The hospital had been supporting her throughout this difficult time.”
The hospital extended their “deepest sympathies” to family and friends, saying that “everyone is shocked” at this “tragic event.”
“She will be greatly missed,” the hospital said.
Earlier this week, the hospital fell for a prank call from an Australian radio show where the hosts pretended to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles looking to speak to Kate Middleton, who had been admitted to the hospital for her pregnancy. The call was put through to a second nurse who told the royal impersonators that Kate was “quite stable” and hadn’t “had any retching.”
The duchess spent three days at the hospital undergoing treatment for hyperemesis gravidarum, severe or debilitating nausea and vomiting. She was released from the hospital on Thursday morning.
I can already tell by the media hype over this royal pregnancy that I’m going to be glad when this girl have this baby, the royal heir.