On Tuesday, Australian radio hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian made a prank phone call to Kate Middleton’s hospital room. The 2Day FM presenters pretended to be the Queen and Prince Charles, and a poor nurse who was working reception at the time fell for the gag.
On Friday, the woman whom the Aussie pranksters duped into putting the call through was found dead of an apparent suicide.
Without implying causation, and without knowing what this woman could have possibly been thinking, the timing is awful. The Mirror has more:
The woman, believed to be a nurse, was found unconscious at an address near the private King Edward VII Hospital, where the Duchess was treated, at around 9.30am this morning.
Emergency services were called but the woman could not be revived and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Police were called at approximately 9.35am this morning to a report of a woman found unconscious at an address in Weymouth Street, W1.
“London Ambulance Service attended and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Inquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances of the incident.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage.”
Take a look at some of vitriol being thrown at the @Hot30Countdown hosts, as seen in its Twitter account’s mentions:
The Daily Mail identified the woman:
The body of Jacintha Saldanha was found at an address yards away from King Edward VII Hospital, where she worked, just before 9.30am today.
The King Edward VII hospital said it made the announcement with ‘very deep sadness.’
The statement added: “Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII Hospital for more than four years. She was an excellent nurse and well respected and popular with all over her colleagues.”
The DJs have publicly apologized for their prank.
Since radio pranks are generally the worst thing that has ever invented, let’s just go ahead and blame these guys for her loss of life.