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London nurse in hoax Middleton call found dead

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Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton leave the King Edward VII Hospital in London. Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton leave the King Edward VII Hospital in London.

The nurse at a hospital in London who took a prank phone call about Kate Middleton was found dead Friday, according to hospital officials.

King Edward VII's hospital said Friday that Jacintha Saldanha had been a victim of the call made by two Australian radio disc jockeys. They did not immediately say what role she played in the call.

Saldanha was found dead early Friday. Police say her death is unexplained.

The hospital admitted Wednesday it was victimized by a crank call in which information on her condition was given out to a woman impersonating Queen Elizabeth II.

The hospital acknowledged that an Australian radio station made the hoax call to the hospital in the early hours Tuesday -- and the hospital fell for it.

The 30-year-old Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant and was treated at the hospital for severe morning sickness.

She was discharged on Thursday.

A woman using the often-mimicked voice of the monarch asked about the duchess' health -- and was told that Kate "hasn't had any retching with me and she's been sleeping on and off."

"She's sleeping at the moment and she has had an uneventful night. She's been given some fluids. She's stable at the moment," the kindly nurse informed the supposed queen and Prince Charles on the station's recording. A dog yaps in the background while the "queen" and her son talk about traveling to the hospital to check in on the patient.

"I would suggest that any time after 9 o'clock will be suitable to visit," the nurse said. "We'll be getting her freshened up."

The duchess is married to the queen's grandson, Prince William.

The hospital says the call had been transferred to a ward and the conversation was held with one of its nursing staff. Its telephone protocols are being reviewed, the hospital said in a statement.

The Australian station 2DayFM has placed the recording of the conversation on its website.

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