Just days after a royal prank call was made to King Edward VII's hospital in London, Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who was tricked into thinking she was giving information to the Queen and Prince Charles, has committed suicide.
The Royal Family issued the following statement on news of Saldanha's suicide.
“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.”
Two Australian DJs pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles tricked Saldanha into giving an update on the condition of Kate, who was being treated for severe morning sickness.
A statement released by King Edward VII's hospital and obtained by a London radio station confirms the death of nurse Saldanah.
“It is with very deep sadness that we confirm the tragic death of a member of our nursing staff, Jacintha Saldanha.”
According to the statement, Saldanha worked at the hospital for more than four years and was an “excellent nurse.”
“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies at this time are with her family and friends,” John Lofthouse, Chief Executive at King Edward VII's Hospital wrote. “Everyone is shocked by the loss of a much loved and valued colleague,” he added.
According to a Sky News report, Saldanha was found at an address near the hospital.
A Scotland Yard spokesman told the news outlet that "police were called at approximately 9.35am this morning to a report of a woman found unconscious at an address in Weymouth Street, W1.
"London Ambulance Service attended and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Inquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances of the incident.
"The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage."
Additionally, London Ambulance Service said, “we were called at 9.25am to an address in Weymouth Street. We sent 2 ambulances crews and a duty officer, sadly the patient was dead at the scene."
The hospital confirms in the statement that Saldanha was the victim of a recent hoax call to the hospital.
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