Djs at an Australian radio station telephoned the hospital where Kate, Prince William's wife, was staying.
It was a hoax call. The DJs pretended to be the Queen and Prince Charles, and corgi dogs.
They were very surprised when the nurse who answered the phone transferred them to the nurse caring for Kate. The second nurse talked to "the Queen" and told her about Kate's condition.
It was a VERY funny hoax call. You can listen to it here.
Everyone was shocked. She was a wife and mother, and had worked at the hospital for 4 years. Now the radio station is being blamed for the nurse's death.
Many students are asking me this week about this story.
What do I think?
Of course, it is tragic. For the nurse's family, for the hospital, for the DJ's...and Kate and William.
But I don't think the DJs are to blame 100%. I feel sorry for them.
This kind of hoax call is very common in radio/Tv entertainment. They could never imagine someone would KILL themselves about this.
Maybe the nurse had mental problems before the call? Maybe the hospital management, or other staff were too critical of her?
Next week there will be a coroner's court - a kind of formal meeting - where the situation of her death will be examined and more information will be revealed.
Hoax calls and public pranks are a common form of entertainment and of course, some of the people caught in these are embarrassed. But it is terrible to think someone would take this so seriously that they would kill themselves.