Ashley Callie

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Ashley Callie reflected rainbow nation February 16, 2008

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Ashlie CallieActress Ashley Callie was a testament of unmistakable African talent, the Department of Arts and Culture said.

“We were truly blessed to have a young, gifted, South African who stretched all the sinews in her body to reflect the ideals of a united, non-racial and non-sexist society… the ministry is deeply shocked and saddened,” said Minister Pallo Jordan.

Callie died yesterday as a result of head injuries sustained in a car accident on the corner of 4th avenue and Tana road in Linden.

“The young Miss Callie was special because her life is a testament of the unmistakable African talent that has emerged in the post-apartheid society to capture and reflect the essence of change and transformation through the small screen

“Her rise to continent-wide recognition was essentially linked to the multi-award winning soapie, Isidingo which has established itself as the ultimate yardstick of a meaningful and relevant television production that is intuitively connected to the spirit of a new society.”

Jordan said Callie was the sort of artist who was in the forefront of projecting a new image of the realities of SA, in a character that was true to herself rather than a particular group.

“There is very little doubt that Ms Callie has made a significant contribution to laying a solid foundation to the redefinition of indigenous SA television content… We hope that her family, friends, relatives and fans will allow her spirit to rest in peace.” – The Times


36 Comments for this post

Nikita Says:

we will sadly miss you!!

penny Says:

we have lost you on earth, but we will surely meet up in heaven with the father. rest for now callie.

Marisa Says:

My sincerest condolences to Ashley’s family and friends. May you all be blessed during this difficult time and know that you have the support of every South African as we share in your grief. R.I.P Ashley

Lucas P. Says:

A great loss indeed not only to her family but also the viewers who are tuned to sabc 3 weekdays at 18:30 and Mzansi as a whole. We were trully blessed to have known such a great person. You always be remembered for the artistic way in which you portrayed Leonne Haines.Your presence shall be greatly missed.Much luv,your heartbroken fan.

Brendan Says:

You are beautiful and talented. I will miss you. Even as you go you will not be forgotten. Good bye and thank-you Ashley.

Rita Says:

To all family, friends, fans….a great loss for SA. Didn’t know Ashley, but from Isidingo got to love her!
May you find comfort in knowing that although you’d rather have her with you, she IS in a much better place now! She’s held in loving arms, where no hurt will ever touch her again.
God bless you all and strengthen you in these days

kingsley Says:

I don’t know what to say. Television you take for granted. I thought Ashley projected herself through her acting on a lower, more personal level than most, despite just “playing a role”.

Forget SA, forget TV, forget everything. We are now missing an exceptionally beautiful young person who surely did not deserve the ending that has presented itself.

I am deeply saddened for reasons difficult to isolate.

My heart is with the Callie family, and everybody fortunate enough to have known Ashley in real life.

Jason Eksteen Says:

Lee we will miss you. You’ve definitely left your mark in our hearts…Rest in Peace beautiful woman.

Lynne Says:

I never knew you as Ashley the person, but rather as Leone Heines, the role you played. I loved watching you take Barker on when he was up to his antics….I always “voted” for you. If you were anything like your character I would have loved to have been your friend and judging from the reaction to your death, friends, family and fans alike, I am sure you were. Only once before have I felt like I had lost someone close to me when infact I had never met them at all and that was in August 1997…you ARE South Africa’s ROSE.
R.I.P Ashley – you are already missed

Tarryn Says:

My sincerest condolences. I am overseas and have followed the news about Ashley Callie, because I thought she was such a fabulous actress, and loved watching her on Isindingo when I was in SA. I was so relieved when it was thought she would pull through. It is a terrible loss, and my prayers are with her family and loved ones.

Candice Young Says:

Ashley, you will be greatly missed. Such a talented actress, who was so beautiful in every way.
Ashley, we will never forget your very infectious laugh, your incredible beauty and elegance. You had a remarkable presence and radiated positivity.
It is so sureal to think that Lee Heines will never be seen again on Isidingo, you have left a huge space in all our hearts Ashley, you are sorely missed already.
Our deepest, deepest condolences go out to the Callie Family. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you at this very sad time.
I would like to dedicate the song ‘Fly’ by Celine Dion as the words best describe how I will always remember Ashley, You were Simply the Best xxx

Cynthia Newcombe Says:

Our hearts are broken Ashley,we knew you as such a gracious and radiant young lady. You were a brillant tv star, now a heavenly one, looking down on us.
We salute you Lee, and may God take care of you.

Condolences to your Family and Rajesh (Jack), and all the Isidingo Cast.

Alina Says:

Ashley, I am sorry you had to go so soon,I will always miss you in Isidingo. RIP

Robyne Says:

To the Callie Family,

My heart truly goes out to you all at this terrible time in your lives. I lost my only sibling and sister 3 1/2 years ago at the age of 24 to a heart attack. The pain still stays but time does help and all I know is that pictures of her, memories shared with her will keep you all going at this time.

In my brief meeting with her she truly was a lady in every way and had a qicked sense of humour, and nothign was to much to ask of her. She gave freely of her love for life and cared deeply for those around her, friends, colleagues and above all the case of Isidingo.

Take each day at a time, breath and admire what is around you and appreciate the small things that make this world that you are left behind in special.

We are the same age and I guess it hits home hard when you realise that god wanted her home. She had reached her spritual journey on earth and needed to carry on with this journey with god to be with us all.
Father, I ask you to bless my friends reading this right now. I am asking You to minister to their spirit at this very moment.

Something that kept me going …

Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy.

Where there is self doubting, release a renewed confidence in Your ability to work through them.

Where there is tiredness, or exhaustion, I ask You to give them understanding, patience, and strength as they learn submission to your leading.

Where there is spiritual stagnation, I ask You to renew them by revealing Your nearness, and by drawing them into greater intimacy with You.

Where there is fear, reveal Your love, and release to them Your courage.

Where there is a sin blocking them, reveal it, and break its hold over my family and friend’s life. Bless their homes, careers and lives, give them greater vision, and raise up leaders and friends to support and encourage them.

Give each of them discernment to recognize the evil forces around them, and reveal to them the power they have in You to defeat it.


Kim Says:

Dear Ashley

I woke up this morning and the birds were singing
I looked out the window and the sun was shining

It took me awhile to figure out the pain
And all of a sudden I wished it would rain

Sometimes life seems so very unfair
That in your talent we can no longer share

You were part of our lives five days a week
Now Monday to Friday seems so very bleak

The beauty of TV is you’ll live on for all time
And we got to enjoy you at your prime

Rest in peace our beautiful Ashley
God speed to your friends and family

A sad fan :-(

Dom Says:

Ashley, the only thing I can say is at least you are now with your creator… God. I know you will be much ahppier up there and without any pains. You were the key to Isidingo, always so classy and well spoken. It’s just so sad you have to leave us so soon.

I pray for the Callie family in this difficult times, may the Lord help them to get through this awfully sad moment.

A great fan and will sadly miss u!

still in shock! Says:

When I heard of Ashley’s accident, I was sick with worry and disbelief. I prayed she would pull through this. It just seems so unfair – she had so much going for her. we loved her, admired her and looked forward to seeing her every night on our TV screens.

Isidingo will not be the same without her.

We love you Ashley, rest in peace.

Cindy Freese Says:

To The Callie Family

I am totally devastated and saddened – Ashley (Lee) was one of the reasons I watched Isidingo on a daily basis – your loss is so sad and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and Ashley’s Friends.
God rest your beautiful soul Ashley!

Dee Says:

To Ashley’s family and friends, This is hard and painful but you must always remember the happiness Ashley brought to millions she worked hard and was so appreciated. Her work was now complete and it was her time to go. Many will now have only good things to remember her by. May those good memories help you through your troubled times as you miss her, remember her shine, her smile, her humour, her intelligence and the things she accomplished in her short life here on earth. We will all meet her again some day.
Be strong as we remember her face on Isidingo we will carry her greatness in our hearts from now until we meet again. Her passing has shocked the nation and deeply hurt her loved ones. To all those who loved her be at peace knowing she was our darling princess of our TV screens. Our very own Diana we love you Ashley.
Go in peace to all the readers of this site her family friends and fans.
Good bye our darling Ashley.

Mandi Says:

I was so sorry to hear about Callie. I work at the Jhb Hospital and was shocked to hear the news. The atomosphere in the hospital was one of shock and dismay, you could feel it.
She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.
Much Love

Wandi Says:

Dear Ashley

Thank you for having been a part of my life.Although I never knew you personally,you provided warmth,laughter sadness and anger in your role as Leone Haines in Isidingo.You really gave me a reason to watch tv.I remember always rushing home after work to watch you in action.You were a talented actress,brilliant and exceptional.Although I left South Africa years ago, I still remember you fondly.

Although you have shed this mortal coil,you still live on, for the soul is eternal and indestructible.Everyone who takes birth is sure to die.Our time will also come.Your sojourn here on earth was fruitful.You came,you conquered and you left.You left an impression that will never fade.

Thank you for entertaining us.Thank you for having been a friend,a sister and a daughter.I know that wherever you are,you are happy with the legacy you left your fellow South Africans.

Farewell dear friend and go well,your work is done here.I am sure we will meet again in future.

PS Just so you know,I..em.. always had big crush on you(*blush*).Whenever I used to watch Isidingo,I watched Leone(LOL)my favorite actress.

With Love

Kathryn Says:

What a loss to South Africa and her family . My deepest condolences

julia Says:

Ashleigh had a special star qualities which we will all truly miss. Her grace, charm, beauty and lovely voice made her someone we could all look up to and truly admire as an exceptional South African talent. How sad to have lost her in the prime of her life, maybe she was taken to do something special in the next world. We feel the loss and our prayers are with her loved ones at this very sad and difficult time.

kathija Says:

It felt like I had lost a child, and I cannot begin to imagine what Ashley’s family must be going through, but I believe that god will give you the strength to get through this tragic loss. You are in my prayers.

DAN Says:

We will miss u a lot as fun

Salwyn Says:

we will miss you, may you rest in peace!!!

The Host Lab International Says:

The Staff and Management of The Host Lab International would like to extend their sincerest condolences to the Callie Family for their loss. May God give you all the strength as you go through this difficult time!

Wynonna Judd wrote the song below, which we thought was very fitting to celebrate Ashley’s life:

“Testify to Love”

All the colors of the rainbow
All the voices of the wind
Every dream that reaches out
that reaches out to find
where love begins
Every word of every story
Every star in every sky
Every corner of creation
Lives to testify

For as long as I shall live
I will testify to love
I’ll be a witness in the silences
When words are not enough
With every breath I take
I will give thanks to God above
For as long as I shall live
I will testify to love

From the mountains to the valleys
From the rivers to the seas
Every hand that reaches out
Every hand that reaches
out to offer peace
Every simple act of mercy
Every step to kingdom come
All the hope in every heart
Will speak what love has done



God Bless to you all!

The Host Lab Team

AJ Says:

Tragedy. Great loss. My prayers are with her family.

Maureen Says:

it`s true,Ashley is no more in the land of the living,may your spirit find peace,may we be able to let you go in our hearts and minds,please forgive us if we cannot as yet,it`s just that we loved you so much,and we were still enjoying having you embracing our screens every evenings,those evenings will never be the same,Isidingo will never be the same,to your family and friends,things will never be the same,i can only imagine the pain&loss your mom is going through,but in time..only in time…all will be well.

Andrew Kwabula Says:

I am deeply shocked and saddened. I know life must go on but when some people die, those possessing ‘one of a kind’ sort of talent, the world stands still. I am really saddened and wonders why South Africa my neighbor (am Zambian)with more influence in terms of entertainment in Africa should lose talent through the ugly hands of death at such a rate. My heart immensely broke when one of Africa (not South Africa)’s son, Lucky Dube was brutally terminated by criminals. Now with the dying of Ashley I say ‘God your ways are different of ours, we are filled with so much grief’.I only learn of “Leone” Ashley’s passing out on 16th March because Isidingo is still at an earlier stage on African channel in the UK. I left Zambia on 16th Feb 2008. Africa has lost an immensely talented daughter!!!

Andrew Kwabula Says:

Why, why, why did you have to leave us Ashley? Will Isidingo find its footing again. Isidingo will never be the same again.

I am lost for words. I really liked watching her character in Isidingo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michelle Sterley Says:

Ashley Isidingo is not the same without you. The Duncan is not the same any more. I Miss you so much. Robert Whitehead is taking it so badly, I don’t want to know what your family is going through. You were a Star Ashley, Rest in peace

Kerry Gray Says:

Hey Michelle,

Thank you so much for that beautiful post and i agree with you 100% isidingo is not the same.

michelle Sterley Says:

Hi Kerry thank you for your message. I hate watching the show without her. It is never going to be the same again. I just want to know what happened in the accident who was responsible? Ashley I know you are at peace now girl. Best wishes to the family may God be with michelle

Tanya Says:

Ashley Was NOT to blame.
The other people were not being responsible and caused the accident. Now Ashley is gone….because of them!

I know that someday, they will pay!

Take care and God bless*

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