Londoners have reacted with shock after the apparent suicide of the nurse who fell victim to a prank phone call by Australian radio DJs.
Jacintha Saldanha was first to take a call from someone pretending to be Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, asking for information about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge who spent three nights at the hospital.
The nurse was found dead on Friday. Police say her death is unexplained.
Several commuters leaving the Canary Wharf business district were quick to blame the DJs.
“If it was found that she took her life because of a crank call, people in the communications industry should very seriously look at themselves,” said one man.
“These radio presenters are just so irresponsible, they should definitely be sanctioned. It’s just ridiculous, a real shame,” said Londoner Lauren Jennings.
Social media sites belonging to the Sydney-based radio station have seen thousands of angry messages.
The DJ pair are staying off the air out of respect for the family of Saldanha, who was married with two children.
The London hospital described her as a “first class nurse” and insisted that she had not been suspended or disciplined following the phone call.
The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted with severe morning sickness, shortly after her pregnancy was announced.