Earlier this week, two radio hosts from an Australia station pulled a prank they thought would get them into history books. Instead, it has brought them infamy and outrage, as the woman who fell for it has committed suicide.
The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton was recently hospitalized for severe morning sickness at the King Edward VII Hospital.
Perhaps thinking it was all in good fun, Mel and Michael from 2Day FM pretended to be the Queen and Prince Charles, and duped a nurse into revealing confidential information on Kate’s condition.
One day later, the woman was found dead in an apparent suicide.
In a statement to TMZ, the radio station says the two have decided to suspend their show in light of the tragedy, but are refusing to talk to the press about it.
“SCA and 2Day FM are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha from King Edward VII’s Hospital. SCA and the hosts have decided that they will not return to their radio show until further notice out of respect for what can only be described as a tragedy,” the statement says.
TMZ tried to reach out to the two, but only got one response back: stop trying, it’s no use.
According to the celebrity e-zine, it’s possible that radio bosses instructed them to keep a low profile and not do any interviews, particularly after word of the nurse’s death caused outrage and even spanned death threats on social media.
As we also informed you yesterday, Saldanha was found at a location near the hospital where she’d worked for 4 years.
Police are yet to announce if the death was a suicide but they have already said they did not suspect foul play. It would be too big a coincidence if she did not take her own life because of the prank.
The moment word of her death emerged online, the backlash against the two radio hosts started, so it’s no wonder they’ve chosen to go into hiding.