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Thursday , December 13 , 2012
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Nurse was found ‘hanging’ in her flat

Dec. 12: The King Edward VII hospital nurse who killed herself after being the victim of a hoax was found hanging in her staff flat, it has emerged.

Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found unconscious in a nurses’ accommodation block near the King Edward VII Hospital on Friday and was later declared dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination on her body to determine the cause of death has been carried out by a Home Office pathologist and the results are expected to be published at the beginning of the inquest into her death.

Sources close to the family confirmed to The Telegraph that Saldanha was found hanged and that she left a note for her husband Ben Barboza, 49, and children Junal, 17, and Lisha, 14.

Keith Vaz, the Labour MP who has offered to help the family, had earlier called on King Edward VII Hospital to hold a full inquiry.

He said: “What the family need are the full facts. There are unexplained circumstances. The family want to know everything.

“The hospital needs to be more proactive, a full inquiry is needed and the family need to be included in that.”

Meanwhile the Australian radio station behind the prank call said it would donate a minimum of 326,000 to a fund for her family.

The owners of 2Day FM said all profits from now until the end of the year would be donated to the fund, with a minimum of 500,000 Australian dollars guaranteed.

The station also cancelled its planned Christmas party out of “respect” for Saldanha’s family and will give the money it would have spent on the party to charities helping people with depression.

Last week Saldanha, a mother of two, put through a call from two DJs impersonating the Queen and Prince Charles, who then spoke to a nurse on Kate’s ward.

Rhys Hollaran, the chief executive of Southern Cross Media Group, said: “We are very sorry for what has happened. It is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts continue to be with the family. We hope that by contributing to a memorial fund we can help to provide the Saldanha family with the support they need at this very difficult time.”

On Monday the King Edward VII Hospital set up the Jacintha Saldanha Memorial Fund to help her family.

Lord Glenarthur, the chairman of the hospital, said: “We would certainly welcome such a donation to the fund.” He added that “many donations have already been made from around the world”.

The two presenters who made the call, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, have been suspended and their show has been cancelled.