London: The distraught family of an Indian-origin nurse, who got caught up in a prank call made to a hospital treating Prince William's wife Kate, believe she died of shame after falling for the hoax.
Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found dead at nurses' quarters next to the private King Edward VII hospital in Marylebone, central London on Friday.
Saldanha's brother Naveen has said that his sister died of shame following the royal hospital hoax.
Naveen was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying that his devoutly Catholic sister was a "proper and righteous person".
She would have been "devastated" at unwittingly assisting a colleague in breaching medical confidentiality over the condition of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.
"She would have felt much shame about the incident," Naveen said.
Saldanha answered the hoax call at 5.30 am on Wednesday morning, and was helping out on reception at the time of the prank. Giggling 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.