Hospital Nurse Duped by Prank Phone Call About Kate Middleton Commits Suicide

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Jacintha Saldanha, the hospital nurse who was duped by a prank phone call from two Australian DJs posing as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, has reportedly committed suicide. Saldhana was a duty nurse working reception because of a staff shortage; she patched the DJs through to Kate's nurse, who unwittingly gave the "royals" an on-air update on Kate's condition.

Saldhana was found "just yards" away from King Edward VII's Hospital; the death is not considered suspicious at this time.

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The hospital has released a statement:

It is with very deep sadness that we confirm the tragic death of a member of our nursing staff, Jacintha Saldanha.

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.

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.

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Saldhana leaves behind her husband and two daughters.

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I'll preface this by saying that this is, indeed, very sad.

I will go on to potentially sound like a total asshole: it seems clear that this poor woman was not well to begin with. Because I don't think anyone goes from well-balanced individual to "I should die for what I've done!" It was an honest mistake and the extreme reaction speaks to an underlying emotional state and rashness that would indicate a history of some sort of mental illness. *scoots out of armchair*

This is, of course, assuming that this mistake was the motivation for her suicide. For all we know it could be completely unrelated.