British nurse who took prank call from Australian radio station found hanged

Jacintha Saldanha was found dead days after taking a hoax call at a hospital where Kate Middleton was staying.

The British nurse who was found dead after taking a hoax call from two Australian DJs hanged herself, The Guardian and Sky News reported today.

Jacintha Saldanha, a 46-year-old mother of two from Bristol, was found on Friday in her nurses’ flat near the private King Edward VII hospital in London where Prince William’s wife, Kate, was being treated for morning sickness.

The Guardian reported that Saldanha was found unconscious, while Sky News said she was found dead.

The results of an autopsy were due to be released on Thursday, the Associated Press reported.

The Daily Mail reported that Saldanha left a note for her family, which “may provide their only clue to what prompted the respected nurse to take such a drastic and tragic step.”

Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who work for Sydney radio station 2Day FM, called King Edward VII's Hospital in the early hours of Dec. 4 asking for an update on the Duchess of Cambridge's condition. They pretended to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles. 

Saldanha answered the call and, believing Greig and Christian to be members of the royal family, transferred their call to the ward where Kate was being treated. A second nurse gave the DJs a detailed update about the hospital's famous patient.

The broadcaster said yesterday it would donate all of its advertising revenues for the rest of the year to the memorial fund for Saldanha.