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Tributes to royal hoax nurse from Bristol

The street in Southmead, Bristol where Jacintha Saldanha lived. Photo: ITV News

All day a steady stream of friends and relatives of Jacintha Saldhana have arrived at her home in Bristol to lay flowers and pay their respects.

The 46 year old nurse was found dead yesterday after apparently taking her own life. Only three days before, the mother of two was manning the switchboard at the King Edward the seventh hospital in London when two Australian DJ's posing as the Queen and Prince Charles tricked her into transferring the call to the Duchess of Cambridge's ward. News of her death has sparked huge sympathy from friends and former colleagues

One nurse who used to work with her told us: "It could have happened to anybody. We have many, many phone calls and if somebody claims to be the Queen and phones you what can you do? I don't know what I would have done, nor anybody else."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are "deeply saddened" by the news Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Prince William and his wife Kate have said they are deeply saddened by the tragedy. The couple didn't make a complaint about the prank call - but people who knew her say it must have been preying on her mind.

Her former driving instructor Jeff Sellick said: "I can't imagine what she must have been going through and just complete shock, and sadness, and it's such a shame it's happened to such a nice person."

Jacintha Saldhana was found dead in London on Friday Credit: Metropolitan Police

Jacintha lived in Southmead with her partner Ben Barboza and their two children. She'd previously worked at Southmead Hospital but since taking the job in London she's thought to have split her time between the family home and nurses lodgings in the capital.

The family are understandably to upset to comment but they have released the following statement: "We as a family are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved Jacintha. We would ask that the media respect our privacy at this difficult time."

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