UPDATE 1-Nurse who took prank call about royal Kate found dead

Reuters Middle East

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LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - A female nurse who took a prank

call at the London hospital that treated Prince William's

pregnant wife Kate for morning sickness has been found dead, the

hospital said on Friday.

The death, which police said they were treating as

unexplained, comes days after the King Edward VII hospital

apologised after falling for the call from an Australian radio

station and relaying details about Kate's condition.

"It is with very deep sadness that we confirm the tragic

death of a member of our nursing staff, Jacintha Saldanha," the

hospital said in a statement.

"We can confirm that Jacintha was recently the victim of a

hoax call to the hospital. The hospital had been supporting

her," the statement said.

Police said they had been called at 9:35 a.m. (0935 GMT)

about a woman found unconscious at an address near the hospital.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene by ambulance staff.

The announcement on Monday that Kate was pregnant with a

future British king or queen sparked a media frenzy and

generated worldwide interest.

(Reporting by Tim Castle and Peter Schwartzstein; Editing by

Louise Ireland)

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