The Straits Times
Published on Dec 09, 2012

Indian family of dead nurse who took prank call "shocked"


BANGALORE/SYDNEY (AFP) - The family of the Indian-origin nurse who died after being hoaxed by an Australian radio show trying to reach Prince William's wife in London said they were shocked to hear the "horrible news".

Jacintha Saldanha, 46, had answered a prank call at the King Edward VII hospital that was treating Prince William's pregnant wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge for morning sickness.

She had put the call from the station through to a colleague, who relayed details about Kate's condition which made headlines around the globe. Ms Saldanha was later found dead in staff accommodation.

Her family living in Shirva town, 400km from the southern Indian city of Bangalore said they could not believe Jacintha was capable of taking her own life.