Londoners React to Shocking Death of the Nurse Who Took Prank Call About Pregnant Kate Middleton

Category: World / Dec 07, 2012 2:55PM EDT
A nurse who took a prank call at the London hospital that was treating Prince William's pregnant wife Kate for morning sickness has been found dead, the hospital said on Friday. The death, which police said they were treating as unexplained, comes days after the King Edward VII hospital apologised after falling for the call from an Australian radio station and relaying details about Kate's condition. Some members of the public leaving the Canary Wharf business district in London were quick to blame the Australian radio DJs responsible for the call. "I hope that the Australian people that did it find out about it so they can feel bad," said Rachel Kershaw. Lauren Jennings added: "These radio presenters are just so irresponsible they should definitely be sanctions, it's just ridiculous, a real shame." A man, who declined to give his name, said: "If it was found out that she took her life because of a crank call, people in the communications industry should very seriously look at themselves." Police said they had been called at 9:35 a.m. (0935 GMT) about a woman found unconscious at an address near the hospital. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene by ambulance staff. "It is with very deep sadness that we confirm the tragic death of a member of our nursing staff, Jacintha Saldanha," the hospital said in a statement. "We can confirm that Jacintha was recently the victim of a hoax call to the hospital. The hospital had been supporting her," the statement said. The announcement on Monday that Kate was pregnant with a future British king or queen sparked a media frenzy and generated worldwide interest. William and Kate, who left the hospital on Thursday, said they were "deeply saddened" by the death. "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," a statement from William's office said. Two presenters from Australia's 2Day radio station called the hospital early on Tuesday British time, pretending to be William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth and his father, the heir-to-the throne Prince Charles. Saldanha's body was removed from the redbrick, five-storey building where it was found, and transferred to a small private ambulance, shortly after the hospital confirmed her death, a Reuters reporter at the scene said. Detectives and forensics staff had earlier been seen entering and leaving the building, which contains residential apartments and administrative offices for the hospital.