An Australian radio station is in hot water after the nurse who answered their prank call at the hospital where Kate Middleton is staying allegedly committed suicide, Huffington Post reported.
"A nurse at the hospital who was duped by a prank call from two Australian radio DJs concerning Prince William's pregnant wife, Catherine, has apparently committed suicide, the hospital confirmed Friday," CNN reported.
A day after Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London, two radio hosts from Sydney, Australia, prank called the hospital. The two hosts from 2Day FM called the hospital pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles. When they called, the radio hosts were successfully got past the receptionist who transferred them to Middleton's nurse, Huffington Post reported.
Host Mel Grieg talked to the receptionist as she pretended to be the Queen. Once the receptionist transferred her to Middleton's nurse, Grieg continued to pretend to be the Queen and talk in a fake accent while her co-host Michael Christian played the part of the Prince of Wales, Huffington Post reported.
Initially, the radio station and its host received numerous negative reviews for the prank, but "the outcry grew exponentially" after the receptionist who transferred the call died of an apparent suicide, CNN reported.
London's Metropolitan Police said they were notified around 9:30 a.m on Friday that a woman was found unconscious. She was pronounced dead at the scene and later identified as Jacintha Saldanha, the receptionist who answered the prank call, CNN reported.
The hospital said Saldanha had worked there for more than four years as an "excellent nurse," well-respected by co-workers. Police are said they are treating the death as "unexplained," CNN reported.