Nurse that connected Duchess crank call dies in suspected suicide
The woman who connected Australian crank callers pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles to the nurse tending to Kate Middleton at King Edward VII Hospital, has died in a suspected suicide. Two ambulances were dispatched to a central London residence where emergency personnel tried to revive her. Scotland Yard officers are treating the death as "unexplained," though one source reportedly told Daily Mail that the woman appeared to have committed suicide.
Two days earlier, DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian called the hospital pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles. Jacintha Saldanha—a nurse, wife and mother of two who was helping out on reception at the time—patched their call through to another nurse who, also falling for the trick, revealed personal health information about the Duchess. [h/t Daily Beast]
UPDATE: Mel Greig and Michael Christian have been taken off the air indefinitely. They've both deleted their Twitter accounts. The owners of the radio station released a statement that reads, in part, "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 VII Hospital and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family, and all that have been affected by this situation around the world." [Daily Mail]