The prank phone call saga in which two Australian DJs impersonated the queen and got connected to a nurse looking after Kate Middleton took a tragic turn today after the receptionist who put the call through reportedly committed suicide.
The Daily Mail is reporting that a receptionist at the private King Edward hospital which treated the Duchess of Cambridge was found at an address yards away from King Edward VII Hospital, where she worked, just before 9.30am yesterday.
The emergency services were called and two ambulances were despatched to the central London residence, the Mail said, adding: "Officers from Scotland Yard launched an investigation yesterday and are treating the death as ‘unexplained’ and that while the exact cause of death remained unclear… one source indicated that the woman appeared to have killed herself.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said yesterday: ‘Police were called at approximately 9.25am on Friday, December 7, to a report of a woman found unconscious an address in Weymouth Street, W1. London Ambulance Service attended and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Enquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances of the incident. The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage’.
The tragic news will heap pressure on 2dayFM, the radio station which made the call.
The station is already serving two five-year license probations after serious breaches of the Australian regulator's code.
The broadcaster was handed the first reprimand in 2009 after a 14-year-old girl was attached to a lie detector and then said live on air that she had been raped.
The girl and her mother featured in a segment called ‘Lie Detector’ on 2Day FM's breakfast show hosted by Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O'Neil Henderson.
The mother asked the daughter: “Have you ever had sex?” The 14-year-old replied: “I've already told you the story about this ... and don't look at me and smile because it’s not funny.”
After a pause, she raised her voice with frustration and said: “Oh okay, I got raped when I was 12 years old.”
After a long pause, Sandilands then asked “Right ... is that the only experience you've had?" before the mother admitted she knew of the rape “a couple of months ago".
Her daughter yelled, “Yet you still asked me the question.”
The regulator again ruled against the station when it found that 2DayFM's Kyle & Jackie O Show breached decency codes when broadcaster Kyle Sandilands called a female journalist a "fat slag" in November.
ACMA, said the comments were "deeply derogatory and offensive"
He was reported as saying: "What a fat bitter thing you are, you deputy editor of an online thing. You've got a nothing job anyway. You're a piece of s**t,' he said.‘You’re a bulls**t artist, girl. That's what you are. You should be fired from your job."
The call was made by DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig. Greig asked to be connected to, "Kate, my grandaughter," and was put through by the receptionist.
The DJs issued an apology following a furore which erupted in the UK following broadcast of the call. The duo said in a statement: ‘We were very surprised that our call was put through. We thought we'd be hung up on as soon as they heard our terrible accents. We're very sorry if we've caused any issues.
I hope those assholes are proud of themselves. That poor, poor, woman...