Hundreds of mourners pay their respects to tragic royal hoax nurse

Jacintha Saldanha's funeral held in her native India

Hundreds of mourners have gathered to pay their respects to Jacintha Saldana, who was found hanging in her nurse’s quarters in London.

Family and friends of the 46-year-old nurse held the funeral in a small town in her native India.

Earlier, crowds lined the roads close to the chuch in Shirva, while relatives and friends went to a private prayer ceremony at her home.

Her family, husband Benedict Barboza, son Junal and daughter Lisha have described the ‘unfillable void’ left by the death of Saldana.

A mass was held at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, with Barboza telling mourners ‘I feel a part of me has been ripped out.’

Saldana’s body was found by a colleague in the nurses’ quarters at London’s King Edward VII’s Hospital on December 7.

Three days earlier she transferred a hoax call from two radio DJs in Australia, who pretended to be the Queen and Prince Charles, to a colleague who gave away confidential information about Kate Middleton’s morning sickness.

It has since been revealed she left a suicide note which included comments about the way the hospital had handled the case.

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