Nurse in Kate hoax reportedly commits suicide

Nurse in Kate hoax reportedly commits suicide

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Britain's Prince WiIliam, the Duke of Cambridge, (L) poses for pictures with his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as they leave the King Edward VII hospital in central London, on December 6, 2012. Prince William's pregnant wife Catherine left a London hospital on Thursday, four days after she was admitted for treatment for acute morning sickness. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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by CBS News

KREM.com

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 7 at 11:16 AM

A nurse who was on the receiving end of a hoax call to elicit information about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was found dead Friday in an apparent suicide.

King Edward VII Hospital said Jacintha Saldanha had been a victim of the call made by two Australian radio disc jockeys, who impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles to elicit information on the duchess.

Scotland Yard said officers responded at approximately 9:35 a.m. to reports of a woman found unconscious at an address in central London. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

"Our thoughts and deepest sympathies at this time are with her family and friends," said John Lofthouse, the hospital's chief executive said in a statement. "Everyone is shocked by the loss of a much loved and valued colleague."

Hospital officials said Saldanha was the nurse who answered the initial call from the radio station, not the one who divulged the medical information about the duchess, Peter Ashcroft, who is handling media relations for the hospital, tells CBSNews.com.

A St. James' Palace spokesman said, "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 Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, had been in the hospital for acute morning sickness. The prank phone call took place early Tuesday and the two radio personalities apologized the following day.

Saldanha had worked at the hospital for more than four years.

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