The nurse who was working at the King Edward VIII private hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge when telephone hoaxers struck earlier this week has been found dead.. Nurse Jacintha Saldanha was found in Weymouth Street, near the King Edward VII Hospital in London this morning.
The hospital released a statement: “We can confirm the tragic death of a member of our nursing staff, Jacintha Saldanha. Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII Hospital for more than four years. She was an excellent nurse and a well-respected and popular member of staff with all her colleagues. We can confirm that Jacintha was recently the victim of a hoax call to the hospital. The hospital has been supporting her at this difficult time.”
Hospital chief executive John Lofthouse 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, the hospital’s chairman, said: “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.”
Scotland Yard said the death was not being treated as suspicious.
Two Australian radio presenters impersonated the Queen and the Prince of Wales to dupe Ms Saldanha into giving a condition update on Kate, who was suffering severe morning sickness at the private hospital. The presenters did however passed a recording to lawyers to obtain clearance, before broadcasting the tape to their Australian audiences.
The presenters, from 2Day FM, remarked during their show how their efforts were the “easiest prank call ever made”, as they put on mock British accents they later described as “terrible”.
In a statement today, Scotland Yard said officers were called at around 9.35am this morning to a report of a woman found unconscious at an address in Weymouth Street, W1.
It said: “London Ambulance Service attended and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Inquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances of the incident.
An internal investigation is being held by the Hospital, sources this afternoon suggest the Chief Executive John Lofthouse, is considering his own position.
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