Australian radio hosts' prank may have led to nurse suicide

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Two Australian radio hosts have come off the air indefinitely after a prank call to the hospital treating pregnant Kate Middleton may have led to the suicide of the nurse who answered the phone, according to the New York Times.

On Tuesday, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, hosts of the 2Day FM show, called the King Edward VII hospital where Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is being treated for acute morning sickness, according to Reuters. The pair successfully convinced a nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, 46, that they were the Queen and Prince Charles asking about her medical state, according to the New York Times.

On Friday, Saldanha, a mother of two, was found dead after a suspected suicide, according to Reuters. The radio hosts were immediately taken off the air and are currently receiving counseling, according to the New York Times.

"I spoke to both presenters early this morning, and it's fair to say they're completely shattered," said Rhys Holleran, the network's chief executive, quoted on The Lede blog. "These people aren't machines, they're human beings. We're all affected by this."

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