Warning this post mentions suicide and may be triggering for some readers.
Mel Greig was asleep in bed when the messages first came through.
'You have blood on your hands.' 'You're a murderer,' they read.
After being woken up by her partner at the time, Mel read through the messages on his phone.
"I didn't know what had happened or what had gone on," Mel told Mamamia.
30 seconds later her phone rang.
A person from the 2Day FM radio station Mel worked for, told her a nurse in England, who they prank called days earlier, had died by suicide.
One question immediately rushed to Mel's mind; "Was she a mother?" she asked.
The person on the other end said yes.
"I remember it was instant grief. It was instant pain," the now 40-year-old recalled.
"I don't remember the next six hours after that."
In fact, the days following were a complete blur.
TV interviews were set up, death threats poured in, security guards were assigned, blinds were drawn.
"We had to basically go into hiding."
Watch: Mel speaks to SBS on an upcoming episode of Reputation Rebuild. Post continues below.
Days earlier, on December 4, 2012, Mel, who was working at her dream job, prank called the King Edward Hospital in London with her 2Day FM co-host Michael Christian.
The now infamous call, which Mel says her whole team agreed upon, saw the radio hosts pose as the Queen and Prince Charles to try to find out information about Kate Middleton's health during a hospital stay while pregnant with Prince George.
Mel never expected her and Michael would be put through to the nurse's line.
But when the phone rang around 5:30am local time, Indian-born nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, picked up.