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Nurse In Royal Prank Found Dead, Could Be Ruled Suicide

By TONI SIMS, CBS Houston
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The nurse, who became victim of a royal hoax when she received a prank call at a London hospital during Kate Middleton’s stay, has been found dead.

A statement from King Edward VII’s spokesperson was issued on behalf of the hospital.

“It is with deep sadness we confirm the tragic death of a member of our nursing staff, Jacintha Saldanha,” the statement read.

Saldanha mistakenly released personal information regarding the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, who at the time was being treated for severe morning sickness.

On Tuesday morning, details of Middleton’s medical condition were released to two Austrailian radio host, who were pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles.

Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who work for the Sydney radio station 2Day FM, later released a statement apologizing.

“We thought we’d be hung up on as soon as they heard our terrible accents,” the station said in a statement. “We’re very sorry if we’ve caused any issues, and we’re glad to hear that Kate is doing well.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released a statement, saying they are “deeply saddened” about Saldanha’s death.

As written in a statement from the St James Palace: “The Duke and Duchess were looked after so wonderfully well at all times by everybody at King Edward VII Hospital.

“Their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.”

Authorities have not confirmed a cause of death, despite rumors that Saldana committed suicide.

After spending four days recovering, Middleton was discharged from the hospital on Thursday with Prince William by her side.

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