December 13, 2012
London Authorities: Nurse Jacintha Saldanha Hanged Herself
New details about the tragic death of Jacintha Saldanha, one of the London nurses that fell for a prank call by two Australian DJs about the Duchess of Cambridge, have been released by British authorities. According to Lynda Martindill of the coroner’s office, Saldanha hanged herself with a scarf and had injuries around her wrists. The 46-year-old was found Friday in her quarters at King Edward VII Hospital by two colleagues.
Saldanha left behind three suicide notes. Although her death is not suspicious and is considered a suicide, investigators will examine the notes and talk with her friends and family. Saldanha is survived by her husband, Ben Barboza, and their two children, 17-year-old Junal and 14-year-old Lisha.
Saldanha’s death came just days after Mel Greig and Michael Christian of the Hot 30 show impersonated Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles to get information about Kate Middleton’s hospitalization for acute morning sickness. Saldanha put the call through to the ward, and another nurse there updated the DJs on Middleton’s condition. Greig, 30, and Christian, 25, aired the call on their show.