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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Kate hoax nurse found hanged in flat left tragic note to family

Gordon Rayner and Tom Rowley

Published 13/12/2012 | 05:00

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The nurse at the Duchess of Cambridge's hospital who killed herself after being the victim of a hoax was found hanged in her staff flat, according to reports.

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Jacintha Saldanha (46) was found unconscious in a nurses' accommodation block near the King Edward VII Hospital on Friday and was later declared dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death has been carried out by a Home Office pathologist.

The results are expected to be published at the beginning of the inquest into her death today.

A Scotland Yard spokesman would not comment on the reports and said the result would be announced at the inquest.

Meanwhile, it emerged that the nurse wrote a note to her family before she died.

Mrs Saldanha left the note for her husband, Ben Barboza (49), and children, Junal (17) and Lisha (14), the 'London Evening Standard' claimed.

The announcement came as Keith Vaz, the Labour MP who has offered to help the family, called on King Edward VII Hospital to hold a full inquiry.

He said: "What the family need are the full facts. There are unexplained circumstances. The family want to know everything. The hospital needs to be more proactive – a full inquiry is needed and the family need to be included in that."

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Meanwhile, the Australian radio station behind the prank call, 2Day FM, said it would donate a minimum of $500,000 Australian (€400,000) to a fund for her family.

Last week Mrs Saldanha put through a call from two DJs impersonating the Queen and the Prince of Wales, who then spoke to a nurse on the Duchess's ward.

Rhys Hollaran, the chief executive of Southern Cross Media Group, said: "We are very sorry for what has happened.

"We hope that by contributing to a memorial fund we can help to provide the Saldanha family with the support they need at this very difficult time."

On Monday the King Edward VII Hospital set up the Jacintha Saldanha Memorial Fund to help her family.

Lord Glenarthur, the chairman of the hospital, said: "We would certainly welcome such a donation to the fund."

He added that "many donations have already been made from around the world".

The two presenters who made the call, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, have been suspended and their show has been cancelled.

After her severe pregnancy sickness got worse on Sunday, the Duchess will not be seen in public before Christmas. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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