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Prankster DJs in Middleton hoax call step down

6:02 PM, Dec 7, 2012   |    comments
A police officer stands outside the King Edward VII hospital in central London on Dec. 7 after nurse Jacintha Saldanha was found dead at a property close by.
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Arienne Thompson, USA TODAY

December 7. 2012 - As the story of the nurse who died following a prank call related to Kate Middleton's pregnancy continues to unfold, the Australian radio personalities responsible for the call have decided to step down from their show indefinitely.

Michael Christian and Mel Greig, who co-host 2Day FM together, announced via a statement released by their show and media company Southern Cross Austereo on Facebook, that they have decided to step down from the show "until further notice."

"(We) are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha from King Edward VII's Hospital and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family and all that have been affected by this situation around the world," the statement reads. "(Christian and Greig) are both deeply shocked and at this time we have agreed that they not comment about the circumstances. SCA and the hosts have decided that they will not return to their radio show until further notice out of respect for what can only be described as a tragedy."

Nurse Jacintha Saldanha, 46, died Friday morning in London, just days after she transferred the 2Day FM prank call to Middleton's private nurse, who then released details on the pregnant duchess' condition.

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