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Family of royal hoax call nurse pay tribute after memorial mass

Jacintha Saldanha’s daughter said the family is “shattered” by the loss and the family home is like “an empty dwelling” without her mother.

Husband of late Jacintha Saldanha, Benedict Barboza, center, son Junal, 16, and daughter Lisha, 14, arrive at Westminster Cathedral in London for a memorial service.
Husband of late Jacintha Saldanha, Benedict Barboza, center, son Junal, 16, and daughter Lisha, 14, arrive at Westminster Cathedral in London for a memorial service.
Image: Sang Tan/AP

MOURNERS GATHERED IN London to remember a nurse found dead three days after she had been the victim of a hoax call from Australian DJs about the Duchess of Cambridge who was being treated in a private hospital for severe morning sickness.

The death of 46-year-old Jacintha Saldanha, on 7 Dcember is being investigated as an apparent suicide.

Saldanha’s family gave an emotional tribute outside of London’s Westminster Cathedral today following a memorial mass.

Her husband Benedict, flanked by his two children, said Jacintha was “the light of my darkness,”. Blinking away tears he said that “nobody can take that place in my life ever again.”

Saldanha’s daughter Lisha said the family is “shattered” by the loss, calling the family home “an empty dwelling” without her mother.

- With additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.

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