Cathedral mass for hoax call nurse

A mass has been held at Westminster Cathedral for the Bristol nurse who was found dead after being duped by a hoax call from two DJs.

Inquest opened and adjourned

The inquest into the death of Bristol nurse Jacintha Saldanha has been opened and adjourned this morning.

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Relatives comfort hoax nurse family

The family of the nurse believed to have taken her own life after falling victim to a hoax call were being comforted by relatives and friends at their terrace home at Greystoke Avenue, Southmead, Bristol.

A friend at the address said Jacintha Saldanha's partner Benedict Barboza, 49, and their teenage son and daughter, aged 14 and 16, were "very, very shocked and unhappy at the tragedy".

In a statement, Ms Saldanha's family said they were "deeply saddened" by the death and asked for privacy.

They said: "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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Royal hoax nurse found dead

Police officers on duty outside King Edward VII's Hospital Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

A nurse who apparently took her own life following a prank call about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was from Bristol.

Jacintha Saldanha worked at the King Edward VII's hospital in London which treated the Duchess of Cambridge for severe morning sickness.

Mrs Saldhana answered a call from two Australian radio presenters pretending to be the Queen and Prince of Wales.

In a statement last night, Ms Saldanha's family said they were "deeply saddened" by the death and asked for privacy.

They said: "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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