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. Anna

    She was a weak woman,,,she did not think about her kids, but her "pride"

    December 14, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. spacebeagle

    The comment about scarves was intended to satirize the NRA-type handgun defenders and their motto to the effect that 'guns don't kill people, people kill people'. The comment about the scarves was not, I think, racist.

    December 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • sactogary

      I think it was meant to satirize the anti-gun folks, who insist on blaming tragedies on the tool of destruction, instead of the sentient being wielding the tool. Guns and scarves are both inanimate objects.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steph S.

    I'm confused. The story written says she died "last Friday", which would be Dec. 7th... then your photo caption says she was part of a radio hoax on Dec. 8th. Incorrect dates?

    December 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. A human

    Some of the comments I see are just sick. A person life is gone due to a prank, and you guys/gals are making jokes! What is this world coming to?

    December 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chance

      I so agree. How sad. The radio DJ's need to find a way to entertain that does not humiliate people!!!

      December 14, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      You can't really believe this person took their life because of a prank call. Clearly this woman had other issues going on in her life (Depression/suicidal). Not to mention she wasn't even the nurse who gave out the information.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • otawestside

      Sadder than sad.

      December 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • amazontheme

      agreed... no one should be making jokes on this page. but we can't blame the radio DJ's either... this was not even much of a prank and was in no way humiliating to anyone. Our suicide victim left behind a husband and 2 children... that is the bigger tragedy.

      December 14, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • wade long

      I'm pretty sure a life is gone due to mental problems. Blaming this on a prank is denying mental illness.

      December 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gatlin

    You can't please everyone & I see people at work disgruntled over anything and everything. The prank was daft. The suicide was dumber. The way she had everything set up was to "send a message" and punish the people she perceived as oppressing her at the ultimate expense of her family picking up & living with the pieces. At my work people are trained annually on suicide prevention and all sorts of free confidential assistance is available & people still take their lives hours after having smiled at you & telling you to have a good night. We can't do an intake screening on everyone & people aren't willing to divulge certain things going on at home.

    December 14, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carole Grimley

    People are punished for prank calling the police or 911, why not the hospital? In the hospital people are busy trying to save lives, they don't have time to deal with jokesters.

    December 14, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Maeve

    The fact that these 2 radio dj's are being held accountable is a disgrace. The pain and anguish she left her co-workers and family in is a disgrace. In cases such as these, suicide is a selfish act.

    December 14, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • rkramadh

      @Maeve, The fact that you blame the woman who killed herself is the most disgraceful thing of all!

      December 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luvmycng

      @rkramadh: There is no one else to blame in a suicide except the person who committed it. Sadly, this woman was unbalanced. It's tragic, but @Maeve is correct. Suicide is a selfish act.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Irfan Haqqee

      There is more to it than meets the eye. Remember the whistle blower on Iraq War dossier Dr. David Kelly. he also commit suicide.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      You don't know her. You don't now her back story. You don't know her reasons. You know NOTHING at all. And you think you're gifted with some self-righteous wisdom to pass judgement? You're not. You're no one.

      December 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allan Young

      By definition, suicide is self inflicted, so no-one is to blame except the one who killed themselves. By definition. Blaming the DJs is like blaming an owner of a car who left his doors unlocked only to have their car stolen. Yeah they could have avoided the trouble, but ultimately they didn't commit the crime.

      December 14, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    No one has any respect. Damn those DJ's. Hasn't anyone learned from Princess Diana's death to LEAVE THEM ALONE. It's not funny when your privacy is invaded like that and it's illegal. The poor nurse was duped and must of felt so horrible thinking she was talking to the queen mum. Shame on those DJ's!! Don't they have anything else better to do like report crime or play some music!! They must have real boring jobs with nothing to do.

    December 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • rkramadh

      Invading someone's privacy (I mean anyone's, even a nobody like me!) should be made illegal!

      December 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • wade long

      The photographers forced Diane to not wear her seat belt? The photographers forced her driver to speed? Bizarro world.

      December 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Heather

    Somebody hung her ... she didn't hang herself over a prank call ...she wouldn't have used her scarf and wouldn't leave her kids without seeing them again

    December 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • nadal

      Yes, why would Anyone end their life over something so silly. and the fact that both nurses had same reaction and apparently suicided?

      December 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • I-agree

      I agree @Heather, I donot believe she committed suicide.

      December 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • kevin

      ohhh,that plot thickens,hmmm?what happened anyway?i dont know the story other than it was a prank call and she is dead.can u fill me in,thanks

      December 14, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ty K

    Keeping assault rifles among population is akin to allowing people to keep tigers and lions in their apartments. We need to move these weapons away from the population centers and place them in the hands of law enforcement only.

    December 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kellym725

    I can see that you people have never dealt with depression or anybody who has been in depression. Instead of placing blame say a prayer for the family. Somebody with depression can't see tomorrow or that another day may come along and be a better one. It is dark and it only can only take the slightest thing to push them over the edge. They don't understand that the world won't be better off without them. Before you judge another, walk in their shoes. Depression is a horrible state to be and extremely difficult to break out of the chains it has on you.

    December 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jay

    You can't make jokes with professionals. It could be really stressful to be a professional on the first place. Just like you don't want doctors to make jokes about your health.

    December 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ACT V

    Cant u see, she was murdered by Someone..Because she mistakenly gave away the info of royal...Any one can make an educated guess that it was murder & planned.. How could it even be possible for investigators to tell whithin couple days after her death that it was sucide instead investigating further...They need to grow up a bit..I think they should watch new 007 movie..

    December 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Trevor Cowan

    Does this mean that everyone that commits suicide is going to get this much attention from now on? Sure it is sad, and I feel sorry for the nurse and her family, but most murders do not get this much attention. Sure the two at the Aussie radio station was wrong, but have British radio stations never made prank calls? And have all of the calls they made came out as planned?

    December 15, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. Golaleh

    Just a sneaky comment from a hospital supervisor might have triggered enormous guilty feeling and pushed to suicide. Why don't we look at this angle?

    December 15, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
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