BBC Radio, and The Independent newspaper are both reporting that a nurse at the centre of the prank phone-call incident has been found dead
From the Independent:
The nurse who took a prank phone call at the Duchess of Cambridge’s hospital has been found dead in a suspected suicide.The first person heard on the tape is a nurse who was manning the switchboard at the time the call came in. She transferred the call to a colleague who revealed more than she should.
The woman received the phone call from two Australian radio presenters and, believing she was speaking with the Queen, passed it to a colleague who revealed private information about the Duchess’ condition.
It is the nurse who answered the call who is believed to have committed suicide.
The Duchess was released from the hospital yesterday but the stunt provoked global outrage.The BBC are reporting that the dead woman's family have been informed and that the hospital will make a statement later.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were reported to be angry at the intrusion.
The woman nurse who has been found dead took the call from the radio DJs in the early hours of Tuesday morning saying: “Hello, good morning, King Edward VII Hospital.”
The presenter, Mel Greig, who was impersonating the Queen said: “Oh, hello there. Could I please speak to Kate please, my granddaughter?”
It's just so damned sad!
7:53 AM PT: The hospital have named the nurse. She is Jacintha Saldanha. She had been employed by the hospital for four years and was well-liked and trusted.
The hospital spokesman acknowledged that she was having a hard time following the incident, and that they had been supporting her through it.