Court: Prank call nurse found hanging by co-workers
An undated family photograph of Jacintha Saldanha who died after being hoaxed by an Australian radio on December 8, 2012.
December 13th, 2012
05:01 AM ET

Court: Prank call nurse found hanging by co-workers

A nurse who took a prank call from an Australian radio station apparently hanged herself using a scarf, but her reasons for pursuing that tragic course remain unclear.

Jacintha Saldanha was found last Friday by work colleagues hanging from a wardrobe door at her hospital living quarters, a coroner's court in London heard Thursday.

The nurse, who was married with two teenaged children, left three notes, two at the scene and a third with her belongings, Westminster Coroner's Court heard.

The content of the notes was not disclosed.

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  1. Waarii

    Hey All of you, unlike americans, People in other parts of the world take honor and shame seriously. Americans used to do the same way back then some 100 yrs ago. I don't think she has other issues. But her honor is violated. partly because of her own fault so she couldn't carry the shame of being fooled by two dumb shockjocks.

    I probably would kill them to reclaim my honor but the nurse is more considerate than I'm so...Godspeed sweetheart.

    December 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. davia55

    This was a horrible turn of event for the nurse. My heart goes out to her family. We as a society love to pull silly pranks, and that is exactly what they are intended to be, I am certain. We have entire programs on pulling pranks on people, and they are fun and funny. There had to be other issues going on in her life that pushed her to decide this is IT! The DJ's feel horrible, but cut them some slack. They are not responsible for her decision.

    December 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Britta Taylor

    I've made mistakes before too. Stupid mistakes. Bad mistakes. I've also been the butt of practical jokes. I didn't hang myself. I think perhaps her reaction was a bit extreme.

    December 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. paula hamby

    its been a terrible loss but they will always be in your hearts

    December 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mark

    poor mentally ill woman. it was such a no big deal situation to take your life for. i would've apologized and that's that.

    December 16, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. berticode

    Even Jesus wasn't white. so americans have to make him white (like the catholic church).

    December 16, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MIKE

    Those brits take their monarchy way too seriously ...... no wonder that they are a "has been" empire

    December 16, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      hear, hear. This is mortifyingly petty and just plain stupid.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Thomas Clark

    It's our own fault that we accept and condone this kind of "entertainment".

    If we just hadn't watched them and ignored them then they would have stopped prank calling and this would've never happened.

    December 16, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    Good Grief! We are inundated on a daily basis with real tragedy; death, illness, injustice, persecution, war, hate crimes, etc. And some prank, and a stupid one at that, causes an uproar and suicide? The "royal couple" are just two young people, not worthy of reverence or adulation, because they, as of today, have not accomplished a damn thing.

    December 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Democrat

    I can't believe those sick radio show hosts. They should just BAN guns and get it over with!!!

    December 16, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. thora jackson

    that is so sad that that happend

    December 17, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. Keri

    prank call nurse, really? we can't even use her name at this point, she's just known as that? Unreal.

    December 17, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • bitnar

      I agree. Maybe this shouldn't even be in the news, but if so, they should identify her by her name.

      December 18, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
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