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Nurse involved in Kate hoax call found dead

The nurse who received a hoax call from an Australian radio station at the private London hospital treating the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge has been found dead on Friday.

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart Kuala Lumpur airport for Sabah Maylasia on day 4 of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's Diamond Jubilee Tour of the Far East on September 14, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Arhtur Edwards - Pool/Getty Images)

Prinz William und Kate

"It is with very deep sadness that we confirm the tragic death of a member of our nursing staff, Jacintha S.," the King Edward VII 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 added.

Local police said they were treating the death as unexplained. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene by ambulance staff.

The female nurse had been the victim of a prank call made by Australian radio presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian from the 2DayFM station. The pair pretended to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, who were trying to elicit information about the well-being of the duchess, being treated at the hospital for severe morning sickness.

Catherine, wife of the heir to the throne Prince William, was discharged from the hospital on Thursday in the early stages of her pregnancy.

jlw/jr (Reuters, AP, dpa)