Royal hoax receptionist dies, two days after receiving Kate’s hospital prank call by 2 Australian DJsBy Angel Cuala on Dec 8, 2012 in Europe •
Updated: December 9, 2012 12:15 a.m.
The so-called ‘Royal hoax receptionist‘ dies, two days after Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian made a prank call to King Edward VII Hospital, where pregnant Kate Middleton was treated for “acute morning sickness.” The cause of death has not been confirmed, but an apparent suicide is being speculated.
Mel Greig Michael and Christian of 2Day FM, who
made the royal prank call to Kate’s hospital
Image Credit: Hot30 Countdown
According to the Daily Mail on Friday, December 7, 2012, the woman was identified as Jacintha Saldanha, who is working on the said hospital as a nurse. Since there was no receptionist on duty that time, she was the one who received the prank call and transferred it to Kate‘s room, which was picked by one of her nurses.
“Their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha‘s family, friends, and colleagues at this very sad time…We offered our full and heartfelt support to the nurses involved and hospital staff at all times.” A Royal family spokesman was quoted in a statement, noting that there was no complaint filed for the prank call.
Saldanha, 46, who was found dead near the hospital at around 9:30 a.m. (London time) Thursday morning, was known to be married and has two children, a son named Junal, 16, and a daughter, believed to be 14 years old. King Edward VII Hospital also released a statement on the incident.
“Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII Hospital for more than four years. She was an excellent nurse and well respected and popular with all over her colleagues.” A hospital spokesman was quoted in a statement, adding that she was not given a disciplinary action after transferring the Royal prank call.
Meanwhile, the news has already reached the knowledge of 2Day FM, the radio station where Greig and Christian made their prank call to the hospital. Kate, who is less than 12 weeks pregnant, was confined last Monday, December 3, and was discharged on Thursday, December 6, and is now getting better.
“Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) and 2Day FM are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the death of the nurse, Jacintha Saldanha from King Edward V11 Hospital and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family, and all that have been affected by this situation around the world.” A radio spokesman was quoted in a statement.
“CEO Rhys Holleran has spoken with the presenters, they are both deeply shocked, and at this time we have agreed that they not comment about the circumstances.” The spokesman added, noting that Mel Greig and Michael Christian have not yet returned to their work after they learned the death of Saldanha.
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