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Royal Prank Call Nurse Commits Suicide
A nurse caring for the Duchess of Cambridge who was duped by two deejays pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles has committed suicide, officials said Friday.
The nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, was found at an address near King Edward VII Hospital.
"Police were called at approximately 9:35 a.m. this morning to a report of a woman found unconscious," a Scotland Yard spokesman said. "London Ambulance Service attended and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene."
The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time, the spokesman said.
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jacintha Saldanha," the Royal Family said in a statement. "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."
Saldanha had worked at the hospital for four years, according to hospital officials.
"Our thoughts and deepest sympathies at this time are with her family and friends," read a statement by the hospital's chief executive, John Lofthouse. "Everyone is shocked by the loss of a much loved and valued colleague."
Lord Glenarthur, chairman of the hospital, characterized Saldanha as a "first-class" nurse who diligently cared for hundreds of patients.
"She will be greatly missed," Glenarthur's statement read.
Two Australian radio personalities from 2Day FM -- Mel Greig and Michael Christian --pretended to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles in a ruse early Tuesday to trick the woman into giving an update on the condition of Kate Middleton, 30, who was being treated for morning sickness. Both Greig and Christian, who apologized the following day, had deleted their Twitter accounts as of Friday.
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