Nurse 'blamed DJs in suicide note'

2013-04-28 13:27

London - The nurse found hanged after falling victim to a prank radio call by two Australian DJs targeting Prince William's pregnant wife Catherine left a suicide note blaming them for her death, it was reported on Sunday.

The handwritten note from Jacintha Saldanha was addressed to her managers at the private King Edward VII's Hospital in London, where Catherine was being treated for acute morning sickness in December, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.

In one of three letters she left behind, the Indian-born nurse wrote: "Please accept my apologies. I am truly sorry. Thank you for all your support.

"I hold the Radio Australians Mel Greig and Michael Christian responsible for this act. Please make them pay my mortgage. I am sorry. Jacintha."

At an initial hearing in December, the inquest into the 46-year-old's death heard that Saldanha was found hanged with a scarf from her wardrobe in staff accommodation near the hospital.

She also had marks on her wrist, and there were no suspicious circumstances over her death.

Saldanha had accepted the hoax call from the DJs pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and William's father Prince Charles, before passing it onto a colleague who divulged details of Kate's morning sickness.

The broadcast of the call made global headlines and Saldanha was found hanged three days later, triggering a major backlash against the radio network and the hosts.

The Sunday Times said that in another of the suicide notes, the nurse said she did not blame her colleagues for the distress that drove her to kill herself.

The other reportedly contained instructions for her funeral, which took place in India.

The inquest was due to resume on Thursday but media reports said it may be delayed.


  • Grant Durban - 2013-04-28 13:40

    She had problems already! Shame for her and her family, but there is no way the dj's were responsible !

      Victor van der Walt - 2013-04-28 14:04

      I agree

      Jason Mc Donahugh - 2013-04-29 10:44

      Agreed, and the award for biggest over reactor goes to.

      Karin Devereux Rackley - 2013-04-29 11:27

      I agree....

      Leilah Beth Colley - 2013-04-29 12:49

      Sorry Mandy, you can't blame anyone for someone else's suicide. It's like blaming the scarf for being the murder weapon.

  • Craig Hopkins - 2013-04-28 14:14

    Maybe she should have tried to deal with her issues instead of blaming others.

      Dave Elmore - 2013-04-28 18:20

      oh get a life Mandy, the woman was a nut job, all she actually did was transfer a call through to the ward where the Duchess was, hardly earth shattering and hardly worth taking your lifre for

      Maylani Bezuidenhout - 2013-04-29 08:38

      Yes her personal circumstances were dire but these idiots pushed her over the edge. They are nothing but bullies - its the same thing as these people who bully youngsters online and are then just shocked when they kill themselves. Humans are frail and we should show each other more decency. The world would be a better place for it. But I guess us South Africans are so battle-scarred we would never have empathy or even sympathy for anyone perceived to be weaker.

  • Bradley Brits - 2013-04-28 14:17

    There must've been other issues in the vackground, untreated depression, financial distress etc.. nobody who is a victim of an innocent joke jumps straight to suicide.. its a very disproportionate response to the radio joke..

      Malose-Nyatlo - 2013-04-28 15:05

      Could also be in her upbringing - in some cultures betrayal of trust approximates death.

  • Sibusiso Proxus Bigpro Mavundla - 2013-04-28 14:47

    Ahhhhhhh it hs nothin to wit DJs

  • Nurse Helenk - 2013-04-28 14:56

    What the DJs did was in poor taste. The didn't mean to kill anyone but now they must live with this on their consciences forever.

  • Dave Elmore - 2013-04-28 15:02

    I blame Mickey Mouse for being born with big ears

  • Teunis Rooseboom - 2013-04-28 15:20

    I bet all of the people blaming thw dj's enjoys laughing at whackhead in the mornings, or love leon schuster's movies. These dj's aren't responsible nor should they feel responsible. People that kills themselves had a sickness.

  • Barney Crotchmaggot - 2013-04-28 16:01

    Pay my mortgage. Yup, even in death the Turd Worlders are there with the hand out, the chip on the shoulder and the victim card. Bye, loser.

  • Sheilan - 2013-04-29 09:55

    Why's this in "Entertainment"?

  • Johan Landman - 2013-04-29 10:13

    DJ's think they rule the world... Especially Wackhead and Gareth Cliff... Im am still shocked by Wackheads Comment the other morning regarding "If you are really dumb and don't have matrix, become a hair dresser..." What a stupid Idiot!

  • Johan Landman - 2013-04-29 10:36

    DJ's think they rule the world... Especially Wackhead and Gareth Cliff... Im am still shocked by Wackheads Comment the other morning regarding "If you are really dumb and don't have matrix, become a hair dresser..." What a stupid Idiot!

  • Dumpie du Preez - 2013-04-29 22:46

    In South Africa, if you have very intimate relations with your offspring it will cure Aids!!!!!

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