Transcript for Jacintha Saldanha, Nurse at Kate Middleton's Hospital, Found Dead
One of the hospital workers who was duped by australian disc jockeys into believing the queen of england was on the phone for kate middleton, has been found dead, under mysterious circumstances. And no less than scotland yard is on the case. Abc's lama hasan has the details. Reporter: For a week, king edward hospital has been at the center of a white hot media glare. And one day after duchess kate checked out, tragedy. It is with deep sadness that I can confirm the tragic death of a member of our nursing staff, jacintha saldanha. Reporter: It was saldana who answered the phone on tuesday, WHEN TWO AUSTRALIAN DJs Impersonating the queen and prince charles asked to speak with kate. Hello, good morning, king edward the vii hospital. Oh, hello there, could i please speak to kate please, my granddaughter? Oh yes, just hold on, ma'am. Thank you. Reporter: Saldanha put them straight through to kate's private nurse, who unwittingly divulged details about her medical condition. It became a global punch line. The whole world latching at the duped nurses. Even prince charles making light of the situation. THE DJs POSTING OF THEIR PRANK. We didn't even know what to say when we got through. Reporter: Tonight, the hospital acknowledged the toll the prank took on the nurse who answered the phone. Jacintha was recently the victim of a hoax call to the hospital. The hospital had been supporting her through the very difficult time. Reporter: This she was found dead just a few blocks from the hospital. Scotland yard called her death unexplained, but not suspicious. She was 46 years old, married with two children. IN AUSTRALIA, THE DJs HAVE BEEN Yanked off the air until further notice, while the raid joe station apologized and expressed deep shock. And, tonight, the palace released a statement, saying william and kate are deeply saddened by the tragedy. Lama hasan, abc news, london.
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