Hoax nurse 'found hanging'

An inquest has heard that Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who unwittingly transferred a prank call from two Australian radio DJs about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, was found hanging in her nurses' quarters.

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Royal hoaxers 'tried to call hospital five times'

The Royal hoaxers attempted to contact King Edward VII's Hospital five times to discuss their recorded prank call before putting it out on air, the head of the board that owns the Australian station has said.

Rhys Holleran, the CEO of 2Day FM's parent company, Southern Cross Austereo, made the claim in an interview on Melbourne radio station 3AW:

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Hospital hoax call 'meant to be silly little prank'

2day FM radio hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian. Credit: REUTERS/Southern Cross Austereo/Handout

The DJs told Australian television that they never could have predicted the tragic consequences of their prank call.

Speaking on Today Tonight on Channel Seven, Greig said: "It doesn't seem real because you just couldn't foresee something like that happening from a prank call.

"You know it was never meant to go that far. It was meant to be a silly little prank that so many people have done before.

"This wasn't meant to happen."

Christian said: "I don't think that anyone could have predicted what could've happened. It was just a tragic set of circumstances that I don't think anyone could have thought that we'd be here."

He insisted that they had assumed they would be hung up on.

"The call to begin with wasn't about speaking to Kate," he said.

"It wasn't about trying to get a scoop or anything. The call was just - I mean we'd assumed that we'd be hung up on and that'd be that."

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Hoax call DJs speak of distress at nurse's death

Australian radio presenters, who tricked a nurse into revealing details about the Duchess of Cambridge's health, have spoken of the moment that they heard Jacintha Saldanha had died.

DJ Mel Greig told Australian TV networks:

"Fortunately I remember that moment very well because I haven't stopped thinking about it since it happened.

"I remember my first question was 'Was she a mother?'.

"I have thought about this a million times in my head, that I just wanted to reach out to them and just give them a big hug and say sorry.

"I hope they are OK, I really do."

Her colleague, Michael Christian, added:

"I just hope that they get the love, the support, the care that they need."

Met want to interview hoax DJs

Police in London have contacted their Australian counterparts about speaking with the two radio presenters who made a prank phone call that led to the death of a nurse.

Crisis talks are underway at the company that owns 2Day FM, whose presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian duped Jacintha Saldanha into helping reveal details about the Duchess of Cambridge's health.

As our policing colleagues in London continue to examine events leading up to the death of London nurse Jacintha Saldanha overnight, we will be providing them with whatever assistance is required.

– New South Wales Police spokesman

A post-mortem examination is due to be held this week and an inquest opened and adjourned at Westminster Coroner's Court. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

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Nurses leave tribute to Jacintha Saldanha

Flowers have been left outside the hospital's nurses' block, just around the corner from the main King Edward VII Hospital building.

Flowers have been left outside the hospital's nurses' block

Attached to the red, white and blue flowers, a note read: "Dear Jacintha, our thoughts are with you and your family. From all your fellow nurses, we bless your soul. God bless."

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