The nurse who released details about pregnant Kate Middleton’s condition in the hospital has reportedly committed suicide and now Twitter users are angry, frustrated and speaking out against the DJ’s behind the tragedy.
DJ’s Mel Greig and Michael Christian from Sydney’s 2Day FM station prank called Kate Middleton‘s hospital room at King Edward VII Hospital on December 4. They spoke to a nurse acting as a receptionist and were given information on Kate’s condition. Now, in a tragic turn of events, the nurse was found dead on December 7 of an apparent suicide and people are tweeting their outrage against the radio DJs.
The Nurse Is Found Dead
Jacintha Saldanha‘s body was found close to the hospital at approximately 9:30am London time on December 7 and she was pronounced dead on the scene. She leaves behind a husband and two children.
King Edward VII hospital released a statement with “very deep sadness,” saying, “Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII Hospital for more than four years. She was an excellent nurse and well respected and popular with all over her colleagues.”
Kate and William also released a statement, saying, “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jacintha Saldanha. Their Royal Highnesses were looked after so wonderfully well at all times by everybody at King Edward VII Hospital, and their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.” It was also noted that the royals never complained to the hospital after the prank.
Tweets Express Anger And Outrage
People around the globe are tweeting their anger and outrage. Here are just a few comments:
-Ryan Williams (@razza699) — I hope the nurses family take @MelGreigHot30 and @mcontheradio for all they have
-Luisa Gottardo (@lu1820) — @MelGreigHot30 so the nurse you called has committed suicide. Still laughing about it? You total idiots.
-derp (@BooKhaki) — I hope Mel Greig and Michael Christian lose their jobs.
-Miss Sam Bucca ☃ x (@suzannne_x) — Awful news about the receptionist committing suicide.. still gloating about your “amazing prank” now?? @mContheradio @MelGreigHot30?
-LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner)– Are you two still laughing about your ‘amazing’ prank in the hospital!? @melgreighot30 @mcontheradio you disgust me.
-barmyarmyuk Blog. (@barmyarmyuk) — I do hope the two @2DayFMSydney presenters – Mel Greig and Michael Christian – feel very very guilty right now the despicable pair.
-Chris H (@Northern_Munky) — Say, @MelGreigHot30 @MContheradio – That nurse you pranked in London is dead. Hang your heads. You should be banned from broadcasting.
-Craig Kimmitt (@craigpaul85) — Wait till you @mContheradio @MelGreigHot30 wake up this morning to find out you contributed to someone committing suicide! Still gloating??
-Lewis Roman (@lewisroman) — Hope the Australian radio DJs Mel Greig & Michael Christian that caused kate middletons hospital secretary to commit suicide burn in hell.
-Michael (twcau) (@twcau) — Dear @2DayFMSydney, you need to sack Mel Greig, Michael Christian & their producers. Ill conceived prank has lead to suicide. #unforgivable
-Sara (@Sara_156) — I hope you’re happy with yourselves @MContheradio and @MelGreigHot30 Royal prank my arse #RIP
-Harminder Boughan (@Minz_B) — Receptionist who was duped by @MelGreigHot30 @MContheradio prank call dies in suspected suicide. Hope the pair of you feel like sh*t! #Scum
The Prank Call Back Story
DJ Mel called the hospital on December 4 pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II, saying “Hello, I’m just looking after my granddaughter, Kate. I wanted to see how her little tummy bug is going.”
“We were very surprised that our call was put through,” Mel said after the prank. “We thought we’d be hung up on as soon as they heard our terrible accents.”
On December 5, the hospital released a statement confirming the prank caller had been transferred Kate’s nurse on December 4 and a short conversation with the nurse took place.
The same day, the radio station also issued an apology on its Twitter feed, saying: “2Day FM sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the inquiry to Kate’s hospital, the radio segment was done with light-hearted intentions, we wish Kate and her family all the best and we’re glad to hear she’s doing well.”
Just hours before Jacintha Saldanha was found dead, the DJs were still tweeting about their prank, which has gotten world wide attention.
UPDATE: As of 11:00am EST, the two DJ’s twitters have been deleted. It’s important to remember the DJs had no bad intentions when making this call.
Kate was released from the hospital on December 6 after being treated for hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition involving nausea and vomiting, and is more severe than the regular morning sickness some women suffer during pregnancy.
LISTEN: The Hospital Releases A Statement
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