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Jacintha Saldanha: Suicide note criticising senior hospital staff found among possessions of nurse at centre of Duchess of Cambridge phone call hoax

Jacintha Saldanha was found hanged in her apartment in the nurses’ quarters at the King Edward VII hospital last Friday

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Nurse at centre of Duchess of Cambridge phone call hoax was found hanged in flat alongside 'suicide note'

Jacintha Saldanha is understood to have been dead for some time

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Family demand answers from hospital as MP calls for full inquiry into tragic death

Post-mortem due to take place on Duchess of Cambridge nurse Jacintha Saldanha

A post-mortem examination is due to be held today on the nurse who apparently took her own life after she was duped by a hoax call made to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge.

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Australian radio presenters express sorrow over nurse's apparent suicide following prank tragedy

Hospital spokesman queries if station sought to make contact before broadcast

Video: Royal prank DJs speak out in first interview

The two radio presenters behind the royal hospital prank call have given their first interview since the death of one of the nurses involved in the incident.

Prank-call DJs are 'ready to speak out' over death of nurse

Intensive counselling for presenters who hoaxed nurse later found dead

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Australian radio hosts who made prank call to royal hospital taken off air over nurse's death

The Australian radio presenters responsible for the hoax call to King Edward VII’s Hospital have been removed from the air until further notice.

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