A nurse who took a prank call at the London hospital that was treating Prince William's pregnant wife Kate for morning sickness has been found dead, Reuters reported.
The death, which police said they were treating as "unexplained," comes days after the King Edward VII hospital apologized after falling for the call from an Australian radio station and then relaying details about Kate's condition.
The BBC reports that the nurse named, Jacintha Saldanha, took the hoax call from Australian DJs. Prince William and his wife Kate said they were "deeply saddened" by the death of the nurse, Reuters reports. Reuters said that police are treating the death as "unexplained."
The hospital said in a statement: "We can confirm that Jacintha was recently the victim of a hoax call to the hospital.
"The hospital had been supporting her throughout this difficult time."
It added: "Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII's Hospital for more than four years.
"She was an excellent nurse and well-respected and popular with all of her colleagues."
The woman was found unconscious in her home near the King Edward VII Hospital in central London.
Officers from Scotland Yard launched an investigation into the death yesterday.
"The exact cause of death remained unclear. However, one source indicated that the woman appeared to have killed herself," the Daily Mail wrote.
The nurse reportedly worked at the King Edward VII’s Hospital for more than four years and was popular with all of her colleagues.
The 30-year-old Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant and was being treated at the hospital for severe morning sickness when the hospital was tricked by radio DJs into divulging her health. Saldanha reportedly took the phone call from DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who were pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles and put them through to the ward which handed the phone call off to one of the nurses who was caring for the Duchess.
One of the DJs mimicked the voice of the monarch and asked after the duchess's health and was told that Kate "hasn't had any retching with me and she's been sleeping on and off," the Associated Press reported.
"She's sleeping at the moment and she has had an uneventful night. She's been given some fluids. She's stable at the moment," the kindly nurse informed the supposed queen and Prince Charles on the station's recording. A dog yaps in the background while the "queen" and her son talk about traveling to the hospital to check in on the patient, AP wrote.
A recording of the entire conversation was played on the Sydney-based radio station 2Day.
The Daily Mail reported that a Scotland Yard spokesman said yesterday: "Police were called at approximately 9:25 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, to a report of a woman found unconscious at an address in Weymouth Street, W1."