Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse at King Edward VII Hospital, where pregnant Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton was being treated for morning sickness, was the butt of the cruel joke. The deejays, posing as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, coaxed Saldanha into transferring them for an update on the condition of Middleton, wife of Prince William. On Friday, officials announced Saldanha had taken her life.
“Police were called at approximately 9:35 a.m. this morning to a report of a woman found unconscious,” a Scotland Yard spokesman said. “London Ambulance Service attended and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.”
The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time, the spokesman said. Officials did not immediately say if there was as suicide note or if Saldanha’s death was directly linked to the hoax, which generated widespread outrage in Great Britain.