UPDATE: Nurse Commits Suicide After Prank Call, DJ’s Off Air

DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian have been taken off the air after nurse Jacintha Saldanha (center) was found dead in her apartment in an apparent suicide Friday, December 7, 2012.

Judging from the comments on our previous story about the prank call to Kate Middleton’s room from two Australian DJs, most of you know that the nurse that transferred the call committed suicide.  There’s no concrete evidence that the tragedy is associated with the prank call, but it is the assumption thus far.

According to ABC’s Good Morning America and Yahoo! News, DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, have been pulled off the air “until further notice.” The radio station left this statement on their Facebook page in regards to nurse Jacintha Saldanha’s death:

“Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) and 2Day FM are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha from King Edward VII’s Hospital and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family and all that have been affected by this situation around the world…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.”

The hospital said they had not planned to reprimand her and described her as a “first-class nurse” and “a well-respected and popular member of the staff” that has worked for the hospital for four years. The royal family never expressed any concern with the incident or the nurses, nor did they make any statement about the incident.

Is it possible that the nurse was already suffering from mental issues and this prank took her over the edge?  It’s a little strange for someone to have this much respect and/or regard for the royal family.  Or you think she committed suicide because she thought she’d lose her job?  Either way, there sounds like there were some pre-existing condition.  Read more here.

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