‘Words escape me as I try to speak’ February 15, 2008
Award winning South African actress Ashley Callie, 32, died on Friday.
“It is with sincere regret that the Callie Family confirms that earlier today Ashley passed away as a result of the head injuries she sustained in a car accident,” her family said in a statement.
“Ashley continues to live on in our hearts and minds.”
The family thanked the doctors and staff for their professionalism in caring for their loved one.
The actress, best known for her role as Lee Haines in the TV soap opera Isidingo, was in an accident on the corner of 4th Avenue and Tana Road in Johannesburg last week.
Her performance on the soap opera recently won her the Best Actress award at the South African Film and Television Awards.
Isidingo executive producer Pumla Hopa said she was deeply shocked by Callie’s death. She, along with the crew and cast of the popular soap opera, were being assisted by trauma counsellors at the studio on Friday afternoon.
“I’m shocked, I can’t think of the words to express my condolences to Ashley’s family and friends at this difficult time… I’m sorry, I can’t be very eloquent at this time, words fail me,” she said.
Callie was driving alone in a Smart Car, when a head-on collision with a Renault occurred.
The driver of the Renault, a man, and two woman passengers were also seriously injured and transported to Milpark hospital.
Messages of condolences began streaming in on a website created by Callie’s fans to support her after the accident.
“So sorry to hear; words escape me as I try to speak,” read one.
“The Callie family, may these words of sympathy help comfort you somehow and let you know that others share the loss you are feeling now,” said another.
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