A nurse who fell victim to a prank telephone call seeking information about the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy has died, a hospital said Friday. Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found dead early Friday at apartments affiliated with King Edward VII hospital in central London, where she worked for four years. The death is being treated as unexplained, but police did not find anything suspicious.
2DayFM, the Australian station that performed the prank early Tuesday, said in a statement posted on Facebook and Twitter that two disc jockeys, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, would not return to the station until further notice. They had apologized for the hoax Wednesday.
Saldanha took the hoax call by the pair, who impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles to elicit information on the duchess, the hospital said. Saldanha later transferred the call to the nurse caring for the duchess, who was admitted to the hospital Monday with acute morning sickness.
St. James’s Palace, the office of the duchess and her husband, Prince William, also expressed sadness at the death, but insisted that it had not complained about the hoax. (AP)
Rapper’s case closed?
The lawyer for Notorious B.I.G.’s family and widow says it is ridiculous that arrests haven’t been made in the rapper’s 1997 killing since he’s been told that the case has been solved. Perry Sanders Jr. says a former police detective has told him that the case was solved years ago and a current member of the police force has also confirmed that to him. Los Angeles police spokesman Richard French declined to comment, saying the killing of Notorious B.I.G. — real name Christopher Wallace — remains an open investigation. (AP)
Soap celebrates success
When ‘‘The Young and the Restless’’ climbed to the top of the daytime drama ratings, there were 13 soap operas on the air. Now there are four. The CBS drama just marked week No. 1,248, or 24 years, at the top, the Nielsen Co. said . (AP)