A radio prank by DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian of Austrailia’s 2Day FM has now turned deadly. Greig and Christian were pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles and asked her if they could be put through to Catherine (Kate Middleton). The woman who put them through to the Duchesses private room at King Edward VII Hospital last week when Middleton was hospitalized, apparently killed herself today. From The Daily Mail:
A nurse who transferred a prank phone call from two Australian radio presenters about the Duchess of Cambridge has died in a suspected suicide – two days after being duped.
The body of Jacintha Saldanha, who was working on the switchboard, was found at an address yards away from King Edward VII Hospital, where she worked, just before 9.30am today.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge issued a statement saying they are ‘deeply saddened’ by the tragedy and said they had not made a complaint, adding: ‘Their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.
‘On the contrary we offered our full and heartfelt support to the nurses involved and hospital staff at all times.’
King Edward VII Hospital issued the following statement:
It is with very deep sadness that we confirm the tragic death of a member of our nursing staff, Jacintha Saldanha.
‘Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII’s Hospital for more than four years. She was an excellent nurse and well-respected and popular with all of her colleagues.
‘We can confirm that Jacintha was recently the victim of a hoax call to the hospital. The hospital had been supporting her throughout this difficult time.’
John Lofthouse, Chief Executive at King Edward VII’s Hospital, said: ‘Our thoughts and deepest sympathies at this time are with her family and friends. Everyone is shocked by the loss of a much loved and valued colleague.”
Lord Glenarthur, Chairman of King Edward VII’s Hospital, says, ‘This is a tragic event. Jacintha was a first class nurse who cared diligently for hundreds of patients during her time with us. She will be greatly missed.’
TMZ is reporting that the DJs are going radio silent:
The two Australian DJs behind the Kate Middleton hospital prank that led to the suicide of a nurse have decided to REMOVE themselves from the airwaves.
Southern Cross Austereo, the company that owns the station, has released a statement … saying, “SCA and 2Day FM are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha from King Edward VII’s Hospital.”
SCA says the CEO has spoken with both of the DJs … who are both “deeply shocked” over the tragedy.
The company adds, “SCA and the hosts have decided that they will not return to their radio show until further notice out of respect for what can only be described as a tragedy.”
This is after the two DJs completely removed their Twitter accounts and the radio station moved to scrub all of the hype they’d be promoting about the #royalprank from their social media sites.
In this case the DJ’s probably will get fired, and I’m pretty sure no one will feel that sorry for them…
Here’s the audio of the prank call if you hadn’t heard it.