Australian station pulls pranksters off the air

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Associated Press

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 7 at 1:05 PM

LONDON (AP) — Two disc jockeys who made a prank call pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles won't be returning to their jobs for a while.

That word comes from their employer, Australian radio station 2DayFM, after a nurse who fell victim to the hoax was found dead. It says the two won't return to the station until further notice.

Nurse Jacintha Saldanha answered the prank call at the London hospital where Prince William's pregnant wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, was being treated for morning sickness. The hospital says Saldanha transferred the call to another nurse, who was recorded telling the phony royals that the duchess hadn't been "retching" and was "sleeping on and off."

Saldanha was found dead early today at apartments affiliated with the hospital, where she worked for four years. A coroner will determine how she died. Police say they found nothing supicious.

The hospital says "everyone is shocked by the loss."

St. James's Palace, the office of the duchess and Prince William, also expressed sadness.

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185-a-14-(John Lofthouse, King Edward VII hospital chief executive, in news conference)-"and valued colleague"-John Lofthouse, the chief executive of the King Edward the seventh hospital, says his hospital lost a valued caregiver. (7 Dec 2012)

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183-a-08-(John Lofthouse, King Edward VII hospital chief executive, in news conference)-"staff, Jacintha Saldanha"-John Lofthouse, the chief executive of the King Edward the seventh hospital, announced the news of the death of one of his hospital's nurses. (7 Dec 2012)

<<CUT *183 (12/07/12)>> 00:08 "staff, Jacintha Saldanha"

186-a-17-(Michael Christian and Mel Greig, 2dayFM radio hosts, on-air recording from 2dayfm.com.au website)-"world is talking"-Australian radio personalities Michael Christian and Mel Greig spoke earlier this week about the prank phone call. ((note length)) (7 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO LLP101: A member of staff walks into King Edward VII hospital, as two policemen stand guard, in central London, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. King Edward VII hospital says a nurse involved in a prank telephone call to elicit information about the Duchess of Cambridge has died. The hospital said Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 that Jacintha Saldanha had been a victim of the call made by two Australian radio disc jockeys. They did not immediately say what role she played in the call. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (7 Dec 2012)

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