Kate prank call: 'Saldanha's death is extremely sad', says Khurshid

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 10, 2012 10:05 hrs

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Monday said the death of Jacintha Saldanha, the Indian-origin nurse who was duped into transferring a hoax call that gave away information on Prince William's pregnant wife Kate Middleton's medical condition, is extremely sad, and added that one must wait to find out exactly what happened.

"We don't know enough about it. We know that the hospital has indicated that this is something that is extremely sad. And I can only add my voice to that, that of course it is something that is extremely sad. I think let us wait to see exactly what has happened and why it has happened," he told mediapersons here.

Saldanha's family members looked quite perturbed earlier on Saturday and expressed grief on hearing of her death.

"Morning eight clock, he (Benedict Barboza) rang up to say that she is no more, more than that we do not know, what actually happened. She is dead, that's all," said Saldanha's mother-in-law Camril Barboza told the media in Mangalore.

"She has left us. We were wondering what happened, whether she met with an accident, when she was returning home from the hospital. Yesterday she was to come home, whether it was an accident between the hospital and home, because she was to return home to join her husband and children. When I asked what happened, he was not able to communicate and he broke down," added Saldanha's sister Cerolin D'souza.

Forty-six -year-old Saldanha's unconscious body was found on Saturday morning at an address yards away from King Edward VII Hospital.

According to reports, Jacintha answered the hoax call at 5.30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, and was helping out on reception at the time of the prank. DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian were pretending to be the British Queen and Prince Charles and asked her if they could be put through to Kate.

Jacintha connected them to another nurse who gave details of Kate's condition, who was suffering from acute morning sickness at the London hospital.

The exact cause of the death remains unclear. (ANI)

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