Post-mortem today on hoax nurse

Hillingdon Times: Benedict Barboza pictured with daughter Lisha, 14, and son Junal, 16, and Keith Vaz MP, left Benedict Barboza pictured with daughter Lisha, 14, and son Junal, 16, and Keith Vaz MP, left

A post-mortem examination is due to be held on the nurse who apparently took her own life after she was duped by a hoax call made to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge.

Tributes have been paid to Jacintha Saldanha, who died in a suspected suicide on Friday after she was fooled by two Australian radio hosts making a prank call to the King Edward VII's Hospital in London.

The hospital worker transferred the presenters, believing they were the Queen and the Prince of Wales, to a colleague who described in detail the condition of Kate during her treatment for severe pregnancy sickness last Tuesday. Ms Saldanha, 46, from Bristol, was found dead three days later in a block of nurses' flats close to the hospital.

The two Australian DJs behind the hoax call - Mel Greig and Michael Christian - gave an emotional account of their reaction to the nurse's death. Interviewed on Australian TV networks, the 2Day FM presenters said their prank call to the hospital had "a tragic turn of events no-one could have predicted or expected".

Southern Cross Austereo has cancelled its Christmas party later this week following the death of Ms Saldanha. A spokeswoman for the company said it would be "inappropriate" to go ahead with the event for Sydney staff. Instead, money which would have been spent on the party will go to charity, she added.

The company said a minimum contribution of around £320,000 would be made. SCA also announced that it is resuming advertising on 2Day FM from Thursday, and that until the end of the year all profits will be donated to a fund directly benefiting Ms Saldanha's family.

Rhys Holleran, SCA's chief executive, said: "We are very sorry for what has happened. It is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts continue to be with the family. We hope that by contributing to a memorial fund we can help to provide the Saldanha family with the support they need at this very difficult time. The company today reiterates that it is deeply saddened by this tragic and unforeseen event and offers its condolences to the family of Jacintha Saldanha."

Meanwhile, MP Keith Vaz met the nurse's family in Parliament on Monday night and said they had been left "devastated" by the loss of a "loving mother and a loving wife". The family also visited the King Edward VII's Hospital, while a memorial service will be held later this week.

Flanked by Ms Saldanha's husband Benedict Barboza and her two teenage children, Mr Vaz said: "They just want me to say that they are extremely grateful to the public here in the United Kingdom and throughout the world who have sent them messages of condolences and support following the death of Jacintha - a loving mother and a loving wife. This is a close family. They are devastated by what has happened."

In response to Mr Vaz's criticism the hospital said its chief executive John Lofthouse had spoken to the nurse's husband on Friday by phone and offered to meet him whenever he wanted. The hospital has also established a memorial fund in the nurse's name to provide financial support for her family and made the first donation to the fund.

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