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‘Words escape me as I try to speak’ February 15, 2008

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Ashley CallieAward 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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41 Comments for this post

Vanessa Says:

What a huge tragedy. Ashley Callie, your talent and beauty will be sorely missed.

doris Says:


Raymond Elixer Says:

Ashley was wonderful to watch – she was such a talented actress. Her death is a great loss to all of us. Prayers and support to to her sister and family.

john Says:

This is a huge loss for us all. She was the life and soul of Isidingo – we will miss you Ashley!!!

Lorraine Mahanyele Says:

I just heard the terrible news from a friend back at home. This is such a tragedy, so young and so beautiful and talented…

Lariska Says:

Ashley was one of the most beautiful and talented women in South Africa and her death is such a loss for the entertainment industry. She was a true inspiration for me as a young South African woman; she was so natural, down-to-earth and loving. May you rest in peace Ashley and may your family be shown the respect that they deserve during this sad time. May they be allowed to mourn their loss privately.

Jessie Lee Says:

Im crying while am typing this.It is so tragic and i will never forget this wonderful person.My thoughts and preys go out to her family and friends.We will never forget you.May you rest in peace.

Anne Says:

Dear family and friends and colleagues of Ashleys’s
To all of you I wish to extend my heartfelt grief at the untimely death of your beautiful girl. I feel as if I have lost a child myself. Something I want to share is a dream I had about Ashley in the early hours of Thursday morning. She came to visit me – we seemed to be friends and she popped in for tea. I was so surprised and asked her how she was and she said “I am fine. Absolutely fine.” She had cut her hair and was wearing long loose white clothing. And I am sure she is fine.

Anne Says:

… “we throw ourselves into the journey and when it’s done, even while having learned that all experience
involves the loss of something beloved, what is left in the residue of memory is love.”
Aidan Hartley in “The Zanzibar Chest”.

Suwilanji Says:

Callie was sagacious and a rare combination of beauty and talent…Her demise remains a tragic fate of twist…May her soul rest in peace!

Patricia Says:

This is just so wrong. Our prayers are with her loved one’s, family, friends and cast members at this extremely sad time. She will live on in SA theater and televison history.

Thato Says:

May her soul rest in peace, to all her family and friends may God grant you strength to pull through during these trying times…she will be dearly missed

Sydney Chidambaram Says:

From my family and I we pass our condolences to the family.

Natasha Gaffley Says:

My family and Iwould like to express out sincere condolences to the Callie family and all those who knew Ashley. May she rest in peace and spread her love and warmth up there with all the angels and God himself….She will be greatly missed and her memory wil live on forever..All the strength and support to the family as well as all her cast members..

Vernon Says:

I cannot help but to think back on all the beautiful people that I’ve known, that have left this life; beautiful, not in the sense of physical beauty, but a beauty that shone from within,radiated outwards, and touched the hearts and lives of everyone around them.

Ashley, I count you with those people.

To the Callie family, may you find solace and peace in the knowledge that the Lord takes only the good ones.

Alwieda Says:

For years Ashley was part of my daily life, she will be sorely missed, and will always be in my thoughts.

My sincere condolences to the Callie family

Tracey Meth Says:

… we’ll miss you Ash, until we meet again.

Another bird has grown
another part of all of us is gone
Another right has been wronged
Still we go on and on until
The words for each of us are all to real
Still I am not able to feel what you feel
And I cannot say how long, it will take for you to heal

But I believe you will
And someday your broken hard will mend
I know it will
And you will find your smile again
Take your time, for time is what it’s gonna take
And then one morning you’ll awake to find there’s one less tear
Then you’ve healed, I believe you will

The world has let you down
And words that could explain could not be found
To say that I understand is not enough
And it’s gonna be a little while, before your heart can learn to trust

When you feel like all your hope is gone
Keep holding on till you find your way back to the garden
Find a way to heal you heart again

keineetse motlhanka Says:

truly the biggest tragedy in a long time, how does an angel like you leave us so early? The lord really does work in mysterious ways.
i became a big fan of isidingo because of your superb and excellent acting, every time you smiled on the screen, i also smiled.
your chemistry with barker haines made the show…
the show will never be the same without you…infact, the world will never be the same without you..
rest in peace Ashley/ Lee, you will be sorely missed.

clifford Says:

To the Callie Family,

the bible says “for me to live is Christ and for me to die is gain”. I pray and know she’s in a better place with the angels in heaven as she was also an angel. What beauty,charisma,humility,intelligence and presence! You’ll be dearly missed.


thanx 4 dat scripture clifford

Amanda Jali Says:

I was vey sadend about the news of this wonderful actress. She was brilliant in her job and unlike very few South African anctors she brought warmth into our lives. Ashley came into our lives as Leone and managed to touch our hearts. May you rest in peace Ms Callie and know that you will always be remebered, by your fans and family.

Sue du Plooy Says:

As Ashley made a huge impact on so many lives, so did she on mine. I had enormous admiration and respect for the role she played in Isidingo. A truly talented and special person. Another special rose is picked for the Lord’s garden.

My condolences to the Callie family for their sad loss. I know she will always be amidst in your presence.

Giselle Says:

This is truly sad. My conolences to the family

Kgomotso Matjila Says:

Ashley,your spirit lives forever.You will be missed not only by your family but all South Africans.Your beauty,smile,humanity,passion,elegance,etc will stay in our minds for many years to come.You were really a woman of strenghth and no one can really fit in your big shoes.

No words can replace you,take away our pain or even bring you back,but it is the comfort that matters at the moment and we’ll continue to pray for strength and acceptance.

To the Callie’s family,May the good Almighty give you strength in these trying times.Please find comfort in the following words:”Neither will I forsake you nor leave you”,”…with God by your side,nothing is impossible”,”You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you”. God knows the pain that you are going through…Please continue to pray,trust and believe in Him.It all happens for a reason and remember that God also need to hve angels such as Ashley in His kingdom.

May Ashley’s soul rest in peace.We loved her.

Good bye Ashley/Lee

Kgm with lot of love

Ruschda Says:

I am at a loss for words, I cannot believe Ashley is gone. Isidingo will not be the same without her. R.I.P Isidingo’s Rose. One thing I do know for sure is, we have another Angel watching down on us from Heaven. My condolences to her Family.

God Bless, Lots of love

sindi Says:

when i first of her death in the news, i said ” Oh no God”. But it is His Will. Rest in peace Baby Girl

nWASH Says:

I laved u CAL

lebo Says:

we cannot prevent the birds of sorrows from flying over our heads,as long as we dont let them build nests in our heads,rest in peace beautiful woman,your memory will live beyond your life. Condolenses to the callie family.

luu Says:

words alone can not explain how much you were loved and how much you will be missed by all your friends, family and fans from all over the world.

mary Says:

to the callie family be strong and trust God in these trying times.

Sipho Says:

In South Africa there are lots of soap stars and they all wonderful, but Ashley was my best. Ashley was an inspiration to all who adored her and I prayed deep down that she pull through but hey she didn’t. Isidingo will never be the same without her.

Ashley I will miss you and I’m sure Barker will do too.

Callie family, be strong and trust that Ashley is happy wherever she is.

Sheena Says:

I hope its not to late to wright something for Ashley

Its taken me a week to get the strenght to wright this measage about Ashley, words can not describe how i fell about your passing, you were an amazing actress with amazing ability, i new from the first time i saw you on Isidingo that you were someone that was very special and now i know i was right. God has taken a very special angel back home were your heart and soul will live on forever.

Ashley you will never be forgotten your spirit will live on forever on earth as on isidingo. You were the heart and soul of isidingo and no one will ever replace you, isidingo will never be the same, It breaks my heart knowing that in the next few months we wont be able to you on tv again.

To the Callie family i give my condolenses to all of you, i pray that god gives you the strength you need at this time of deep sadness, Ashley was a very special angel.

To the cast and crew of isidingo may god give you strenght to carry on the best show on tv in memory of Ashley.

Lets all come together a celebrate the life of Ashley Callie

May Ashley Callie RIP

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