Report: Nurse in royal hoax left suicide note

The Evening Standard and UK Telegraph reported early Wednesday that a note had been left for the family of Jacintha Saldanha but that its contents had not been revealed.

The London nurse who was tricked in an Australian radio show prank involving the Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy left a suicide note for her family that could provide insight into why she took her life, MSN New Zealand reported early Wednesday.

Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found dead last week.

MSN New Zealand quoted the Evening Standard and UK Telegraph as saying that a note had been left for her family but its contents had not been revealed.

Results from an autopsy on Saldanha's body were expected to be made public Wednesday.

The radio station involved in the hoax is 2DayFM. On Tuesday, the station's parent company, Southern Cross Austereo, said it will resume advertising on Thursday and donate all profits from the rest of the year to charity.

A minimum donation of $500,000 will be made to a fund that will directly benefit Saldanha's family.

Radio hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian called London's King Edward VII Hospital last week pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, and asked for word on the duchess of Cambridge, who had been suffering from severe morning sickness. Saldanha, the nurse who answered the phone, put them through to the ward, and the duo received confidential information on the duchess' condition that was later aired.

The radio station trumpeted the prank call until Friday, when Saldanha was found dead.

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SCA's chief executive officer, Rhys Holleran, reiterated the company's condolences to Saldanha's family.

"It is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts continue to be with the family," he said in the statement. "We hope that by contributing to a memorial fund we can help to provide the Saldanha family with the support they need at this very difficult time."

On Tuesday the company announced it would cancel its Christmas party and donate the $13,000 bar tab to Beyond Blue and Lifeline.

Scotland Yard will conduct a post-mortem examination and inquest this week, where it is expected Saldanha's death will be formally ruled a suicide.

 

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