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Australian DJs behind the duchess prank suspend their show over nurse's death

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Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian have suspended their radio show after learning the British nurse they duped into giving up information about the pregnant Duchess Of Cambridge has reportedly taken her life over the prank.

Jacintha Saldanha was discovered unconscious outside the King Edward VII Hospital in London on Friday, just two days after she was targeted by the 2Day FM hosts -- who pretended to be royal family members calling to get updated medical information about Prince William's wife, Catherine, who was a patient at the time.

Bing: Australian DJs apologize

Greig and Christian made the prank call and spent much of Wednesday and Thursday laughing about the incident -- but now that the practical joke has turned tragic, they have pulled themselves off-air.

A statement from officials at Southern Cross Austereo -- the company that owns the station featuring the DJs' irreverent show -- reads: "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."

Greig and Christian are said to be "deeply shocked."

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Dec 8, 2012 8:28AM
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I think the hosts should face a charge. What a horrible prank! Breaching confidentiality of the royal family would have caused the nurse's whole career to be over, all because some nosy Aussie's wanted to get a laugh. Give me a break! They should be banned from any broadcasting going forward minimal penalty... Blood on their hands and I hope they don't get away with it.
Dec 7, 2012 3:22PM
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It was a prank - no one could have foreseen that this would happen. It was a big mistake on the nurse's part to give that information out, but not a life-ending mistake.
Dec 7, 2012 3:21PM
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I don't understand the need for adults to pull pranks anyway.   I have never appreciated them, even when I was a kid.   Some people never grow up.  I think these 2 Aussies have no brain - if someone had called the hospital and pretended to be the PM of Australia while their wife or husband was in the hospital and got their private medical info broadcast around the world, I doubt they would find that laughable.   How could a sane person even think of doing this, much less think it would be funny?   Do they do anything in Australia other than drink and do stupid thoughtless pranks?
Dec 7, 2012 3:02PM
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this is so sad, not to mention how Kate might feel. The nurse had no idea it was a prank, and I'm sure it went against hospital pres, for her to give info over the phone. But still... Them damn radio djs def deserve some kind of penalty & shld of known better!!!
Dec 7, 2012 1:35PM
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We must be very careful of our choices.... This lady probably lost her job, not realizing that what those two did cost her livelihood. shame on them. If I were that ladies family I would sue everyone involved. We must count up the cost when it comes to people.
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