Kate Middleton Nurse Commits Suicide: First Pic Of Jacintha Saldanha

Sat, December 8, 2012 9:58am EST by 63 Comments
Jacintha Saldanha Photo

A photo of Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who allegedly committed suicide on Dec. 6 after patching through a prank call to Kate Middleton’s hospital room on Dec. 4, has finally been revealed! Plus, Australia’s 2Day FM station refuses to fire the DJs who made the prank call, insisting they’re ‘victims’ too!

DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian of Sydney’s 2Day FM station, who claimed to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles during a prank call to Kate Middleton’s hospital room on December 4, will not be fired, says the chief executive of Southern Cross Austero, which owns the station.

Southern Cross Austereo, the company that owns the station, released a statement on Dec. 7 saying, “SCA and 2Day FM are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha from King Edward VII’s Hospital. SCA and the hosts have decided that they will not return to their radio show until further notice out of respect for what can only be described as a tragedy.”

One day later, Dec. 8, Rhys Holleran, the chief executive of Southern Cross Austereo, which owns the station, is elaborating on the DJs “suspension.” Rhys says the presenters were “completely shattered” and had been offered counseling. He added that they will NOT be fired.

Rhys added at a press conference, “These people aren’t machines, they’re human beings. What happened is incredibly tragic and we’re deeply saddened and we’re incredibly affected by that. I think prank calls as a craft in radio have been going for decades and decades and are not just part of one radio station or network or country. No-one could have reasonably foreseen what ended up being an incredibly tragic day. I don’t think anyone could have reasonably foreseen that this was going to be a result.”

Although they did prank call the hospital, Bonnie Fuller believes we shouldn’t blame them for the nurse’s death, since they couldn’t have predicted such a tragedy would occur.

The Prank Call Backstory

The DJs spoke to Kate’s private nurse at King Edward VII Hospital and were given actual information on Kate’s hyperemesis gravidarum condition.

During the phone call, you can hear DJ Mel posing as Queen Elizabeth II saying, “Hello, I’m just looking after my granddaughter, Kate. I wanted to see how her little tummy bug is going.”

It’s unclear exactly what the nurse told Mel, but she says the nurse, “was giving us real information,” that left her in shock.

“We were very surprised that our call was put through,” Mel is quoted as saying. “We thought we’d be hung up on as soon as they heard our terrible accents.”

Prince William & Kate Middleton Release Statement on Nurse’s Suicide

St. James’s Palace also released a statement on the nurse’s suicide, 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.”

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Should the DJs be fired?

WATCH: Nurse Commits Suicide After Prank Call From Australian Djs


— Chris Rogers


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mustbe

Posted at 2:59 PM on December 9, 2012  

the two dj must be very proud with themself….

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Mayz

Posted at 8:27 AM on December 9, 2012  

Thank you Marco for defining it so well. Many of our comments might have a bit of jibber jabber mixed in there but I’m sure a lot of the comments do imply it ‘s not just the dj’s ‘s so let ‘s stand corrected.

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Mayz

Posted at 8:16 AM on December 9, 2012  

Oh get over yourself! You think a bit of scathing from the public is going to make them the dj’s kill themselves? Oh, are you suggesting these comments have the power to make them harp on what’s happening and an unhealthy perspective? Just realise ppl are angry, this incident led to a suicide, it cannot be said it had no hand in it, i don’t think there are many comments blaming the dj’s solely, read between the lines! and no, i didn’t find it funny before the death. Of course we don’t want the dj’s to commit suicide. The comment by Yu Lee was a superb summation of what is going on not including her initial comment that she hopes they do kill themselves. I don’t wish that upon anyone for any reason. This was not a simple prank, when it went world wide like that measures weren’t put in place to look after the nurses, they needed support, they were humiliated. Notice how no one had the guts to ring the hospital to apologize for their prank. now it’s reported on another news site the radio station was still airing the prank after they knew of her death and it’s only when the major advertises have withdrawn support the execs are doing something about it. They’ve provided psychologists for the dj’s. Has anyone bothered to provide some for the grieving family?

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Marco

Posted at 8:01 AM on December 9, 2012  

The DJ’s and station they work for are fully culpable. Culpable ignorance is the lack of knowledge or understanding that results from the omission of ordinary care to acquire such knowledge or understanding. They choose to act without any regard to others, ignored the law of common sense and mocked and ridiculed the situation until it was made clear they crossed they line. You deserve to feel the full consquence of your actions.

No amount of sugar coated semantics can make this right.

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Rina

Posted at 7:31 AM on December 9, 2012  

You people need to STOP. Bashing the DJs is NOT acceptable. Shame on THEM? More like shame on YOU. These DJs prank called the hospital with the intention of getting a few laughs and don’t you dare say you wouldn’t have laughed if the hospital noticed their fake accents and hung up on them. Yes, they should have hung up after they were put on but they didn’t know any of this would happen and neither would you had you been in their place. I’m not saying they are completely not at fault but to put all the blame on them? What right did the nurse have to take her own life and abandon her children and her husband over a joke gone bad? Suicide over things like this when people have gone through so much worse. It is sad, it is a major loss, but it was the nurse that took her own life. People go through worse things in life and fight through it, leaving your family behind over something so trivial is not something I can tolerate and something none of you should overlook. The DJs may be at fault, but not for Jacintha’s death, that was her own doing and I don’t think anyone has the right to take their own life when there are people out there praying for a few more days to live. So shame on YOU.

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mayz

Posted at 6:37 AM on December 9, 2012  

hear hear to Andy66 and Yu Lee!

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Val

Posted at 6:36 AM on December 9, 2012  

Radio hosts call it “pranking”. The rest of the world calls it bullying!!!!! Shame on you!

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Andy66

Posted at 3:16 AM on December 9, 2012  

These are talentless, irresponsible imbeciles that have directly caused the death of an innocent, responsible professional going about her responsibilities trying to save lives. I only hope that the nurse,s family lawyer up and sue the crap out of todayFM and make them yesterdayFM in the process. Pathetic individuals wasting good airtime with inane, infantile drivel instead of using the time to promote Aussie acts and artists. There’s too much of this crappy radio programming going on these days. Let’s hope these idiotic stations start closing down to make way for ones that play good music and limit this type of talkback crap/ brainless adolescent DJ crap all together. Useless people ruining vital people’s lives. We need to draw the line here!

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Yu Lee

Posted at 12:23 AM on December 9, 2012  

Rhys Holleran, the chief executive of Southern Cross Austereo, keeps saying the suicide “could not have been foreseen”

When Justin Bieber pulled a prank on Taylor Swift and made her cry, all the interviewers kept asking him “Dont u have a heart to make a girl cry?” !!!!!!!!!

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Matt

Posted at 12:21 AM on December 9, 2012  

I feel for those radio presenters! Who would have thought a prank call pretending to be the queen could lead to the nurse taking her own life. Doesn’t make sense that a mum would do this over just a call and leave her kids without a parent. what disciplinary actions were taken by the hospital? Those radio presenters will feel that guilt for the rest of their lives. I still feel suicide is a personal decision (a selfish one at that). If she (the nurse) was so close to the edge – why the hell was she working in a hospital where the well being of others depend on her? I still feel bigger questions should be asked.

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Yu Lee

Posted at 12:11 AM on December 9, 2012  

i hope the DJs also commit suicide!

all they ever give on the radio is 24/7 of VERBAL DIAREAH

Rhys Holleran, the chief executive of Southern Cross Austereo, keeps saying the suicide “could not have been foreseen” Well if you’re so full of yourself that u never think of others, then yes!

BULLYING is not just an ongoing thing – it can be a one minute event too! especially if u deliberately posted it on YouTube hoping it would go viral – then u brag about it on your website!

…… and if she didnt commit suicide – her life of hell and torment from her humiliated reputation would have forever been swept under the carpet – all in the name of RATINGS!

When Telstra and Coles pulled their advt dollars, only then did they wake up! but Rhys Holleran, the chief executive of Southern Cross Austereo, still says they did nothing “illegal” – why did u ask your lawyers in the first place – as if u didnt go within a hairs breadth of “illegal”.

So for the media if its LEGAL its OK – but never worry about unethical or inhuman or unAustralian, no its only if they can sue u that counts in the world of these low lifes!

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Sani

Posted at 10:54 PM on December 8, 2012  

Impersonating royalty for informational gain should be a crime. This was a very different prank call than pretending someones car was stolen, the house locks were changed, etc. While you cannot anticipate any outcome, common sense would be to hang up once your deceitful phone call went through. Shameful behaviors for ratings.

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niece

Posted at 10:51 PM on December 8, 2012  

dj or not when answering a phone call from anyone who is this is the question,hell i don’t even let my mother question me when she calls

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melody

Posted at 9:54 PM on December 8, 2012  

THESE DJs MUST BE REPRIMANDED AND BE TAUGHT OF MEDIA ETHICS, COURTESIES AND WHATEVER POLITE/RESPECT WAYS. WHAT THEY HAVE DONE DOING THESE PRANK CALLS WAS A DECEIT. THEY HAVE IMPERSONATED THEMSELVES AS THE QUEEN. I GUESS THAT IS A CRIME. THEY MUST BE GIVEN A LESSON FOR WHAT THEY DID.

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Grant

Posted at 1:29 AM on December 9, 2012  

what a load of rubbish. they could not have foreseen the tragedy. And in all likelihood there was other things going on that pushed the nurse to do that. A prank is a prank and nothing more. If it had had a funny outcome everyone would have laughed.

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Zarah

Posted at 8:32 PM on December 8, 2012  

What did her employer did to help and support her? This must have been so stressful and the job of a nurse is already very stressful. The radio host did have bad taste but I di winder how her employer supported her. This is so sad. Mythoughts go to her friends and family.

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Angela Jones

Posted at 6:59 PM on December 8, 2012  

Hospital staff are there to look after the well being of the patients. They all play an extremely important role, from the cleaners to the medical professors. How DARE YOU make prank calls and interrupt their busy schedules. These people SAVE lives. What did you do 2Day FM?

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BJ

Posted at 6:08 PM on December 8, 2012  

Inexperienced, ignorant, small minded. Typical of 2Day FM.
Lack of respect for others and a CEO more concerned with $$$ than taking responsibility.
Just shut the station down! It’s not like the Australian public needs to listen to the incessant dribble.
As for the organizations advertising on 2DayFM – shame on you!

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Bahkti

Posted at 5:38 PM on December 8, 2012  

Mel and Michael, you both are personally responsible for that nurses death. Shame on you both, your rotten individuals.

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Sarah

Posted at 5:11 PM on December 8, 2012  

come on! they had to know that screwing with the royal family would end badly! don’t forget a woman who was caught up in that prank is now dead. people have been fired for less.

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Christy

Posted at 5:38 PM on December 8, 2012  

You’re right! Two women recently fired for for flipping off the burial site of American soldiers. Which I totally support!!

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KT

Posted at 5:07 PM on December 8, 2012  

The DJ’s were purposely trying to invade Kate’s privacy when she was going through a rough moment in her life. Yes, it could be said that had the nurse done her job none of this would have happened but if the DJs hadn’t decided to pull the stupid and invasive prank none of it would have started either. I feel bad for the family of the nurse and for the nurse herself. Obviously this was her breaking point. I refuse to feel bad for the DJs though. Just because they feel guilty and have received well deserved backlash for their actions doesn’t make them victims. It also doesn’t justify their prank in my eyes.

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Claire

Posted at 4:20 PM on December 8, 2012  

Thank you Bonnie for your common sense views and sensitive reporting. Appreciated :-)

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Eamon

Posted at 3:05 PM on December 8, 2012  

What a terrible situation, but lets look at the bigger picture here. These presenters worked as part of a team. They didn’t do this on their own, what about production staff! The clip was pre-recorded and was reviewed by 2dayFM legal dept prior to being broadcast and was then broadcast. So many people are coming down hard on the presenters but what about the production staff and management that gave it the green light to be aired?

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me annoyed

Posted at 12:01 PM on December 8, 2012  

Well is Bonnie says it it must be true! NOT! Bonnie Fuller is full of crap, her article basically said that as long at you’re in the entertainment industry you can prank (bully) whom ever you want because it’s for entertainment. Which is bullcrap. Of course those DJs should be fired, they should be fired for even pulling that prank in the first crap, it wasn’t funny it was against the law. To call the DJs victims is disgusting just like it is disgusting to defend them. As soon as the call actually went through they should have hung up! Maybe had a laugh about that, even that would have been wrong, but they are adults who chose to be bullies so they should deal with the consequences. Like being fired, letting them keep their jobs is just telling them ‘job well done, maybe not so outrageous next time’. It’s is crazy that they weren’t immediately fired and that they haven’t been sued yet.

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Carol

Posted at 11:09 AM on December 8, 2012  

These Dj’s Made A Choice To Make That Call And Humiliate The Nurse World Wide No One Forced Them Into It They Must Be Fired May She RIP

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Alwaysagoodday!

Posted at 10:44 AM on December 8, 2012  

Bullying is bullying. If one is having fun at the expense of someone else, it’s bullying plain and simple. And while radio talk hosts may have a “tradition” of doing prank calls they are devestating to those who are on the other end.

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Christy

Posted at 5:43 PM on December 8, 2012  

Yes! And these phone pranks can go too far as this one did. I saw on TV where someone doing phone prank giving woman opt to do something on die actually caused her to have a stroke & caused her perm damage to face & speech she was so scared.

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Ray

Posted at 4:51 AM on December 9, 2012  

they should look further if its suicide or homocide ! Most likely the hospital put her under alot of pressure for the sake of the Royal Family. They should fire the Head of the Hospital and put him on trial. The “privacy” of the royal family is not more imporatant than the life or dignity of anyone. Wake up !!!!!!!

 
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