Ashley Callie

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Ashley, our dear and lovely friend, has died February 15, 2008

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Ashley Callie“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 32-year-old 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.

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. – Sapa


72 Comments for this post

Dore Louw Says:

Oh Ash, i will trulely miss u deeply but know you are better of their!

I cant believe this, and pray for the family in this dark un understandable time!

U go and make us more prouder upo their and drive the Angels mad, angel!

RIP my friend! LOVE YA LOTS!


PS: Tellie is not gonna be the same with out u babe! But u will always be remembered not only by me family and friends but by your loyal colleges and fans!

Ashley Raspal Says:

Just heard the sad news on SABC 3,Isidingo will not be the same, we will miss you stax.

Our Thoughts and prayers go out to her family, in this time of need.

mary kay Says:

To Ashley’s family and friends – there are no words to express how sad I am for you.

Rest in peace Ashley – you will be so missed.

Navesh&Sel Says:

to the family and friends of ashley – may God give you the strenght and courage to get thru this difficult time.

Ashley – may you rest in peace – you will be sadly missed – no one will fill your shoes!

Bel Says:

R.I.P. Ashley.

My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and colleagues.

Tamara Says:

My family all just gasped at this sad news…. you are all in our prayers. I type this with a tear in my eye as, even though we never actually met this amazing woman, through TV it felt as if we knew her.

May she fly with angels always ! And may she rest in peace!
God bless !

Lelo Says:

I don’t know what to say…May God give her family and friends strength. We will miss her and I agree, Isidingo will never be the same again.
May her beautiful soul rest in peace!!!!

S Says:

My favourite isidingo star has passed on. How sad for all of us. You will be missed, but the memory of your enormous talent will go on forever. Rest in Peace. All strength to your family and loved ones.

Gary And Morag Says:

We are totally shattered, at hearing the tragic news. The news has made us numb. Such a vibrant, and stunning person and personality.

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.

All our love

Kerry Says:

I have no words to express how I feel to read this news. Ashly, you were my reason for watching Isidingo back in South Africa. The kick ass woman who took no nonsense from anyone. Stunning woman who has gone too soon. I just don’t want to accept this as truth. I will miss you so much and I send all my love and best wishes to your family and friends who have lost you. Gone too soon. RIP Ashley xxx WE WILL MISS YOU xxx

Cherise Says:

My bother and I sat in shock as the presenter told us of the tragic news. Our condolences go out to Ashley’s family, we r truly sorry! She was our favorite South african Actress, such a strong woman, a role model. She will be missed!! May she sore with the angels! Condolences…

Heike Says:

Ashley, I am devastated. You will always be my Pina Bausch-girl with the loud, infectious laugh. Your energy and big spirit will not be forgotten. Thank you for your enthusiasm. RIP my friend. I am so very very sorry you had to go. Thinking of your family at this difficult time.

NITA Says:

My sincere condolences to all the Callie family on the sad loss of Ashley.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the good Lord give you strength to get thru this very heartbreaking times in your lives.

neil Says:

I will sadly miss her and my deepest sympathy to her family and friends

Aiden Says:


I so wish that things could have turned out differently. This must be such a difficult time for you and your family but just know this, Ashley is so loved and will continue to be so in the hearts and minds of all the people of South Africa and further afield.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this tragic time of loss. May God give you and your family the strength and courage to carry on. We stand with you and support you through these dark days.

We light a candle for her and continue to pray for you.

Karen Says:

I cannot believe that Ashley Callie has left us…May the angels be with the Callie family during this difficult time. Let us remember Ashley Callie for the wonderful actress she was…

Nonji Says:

Ash is dancing with the angels now and her lovely soul is at peace.You(Ash) r now vibrating higher and everyone in Mzansi is feeling your presence,you’ll always be in our hearts.

Jenny Stone Says:

It is indeed another sad moment in South Africa’s entertainment community. My heartfelt condolences to Ashley’s family and loved ones. She will be sorely missed but lives on in our hearts.

Pam Says:

I was deeply touched when I heard the news. Ashley was a wonderful person. She always had a smile on her face. My thoughts are with her family and closed ones. God Bless

Hayden Says:

It is sad that it should take a tragedy such as this for many of us to realise how precious life is. I admit that I am amongst the guilty few!

To the Callie family, my sincerest condolences.

To Ashely, may you be safe in the arms of God…
Your spirit lives on and will always be remembered.

Eddie Says:

My sincere condolences to the Callie family. I never knew her, but when I heard of Ashley’s passing, I felt genuinely shocked. Through her work on television, I think she touched the lives of many people. May she rest in peace.

Lauren Rush Says:

I never missed an episode of Isi and Ashley was dazzling. This is a tragic day for South Africa. Although I didn’t know her I am shattered. If there is a memorial happening in London I would like to be able to put some flowers down for her…

martine Says:

My condolences to the Callie family. I know how difficult this time will be for you and offer all my support, thoughts and prayers.

She will be remembered fo great acting and her amazing spirit.

You are in South African’s hearts.


Monica Says:

I heard the sad news while driving home from work; spent the rest of the trip shedding a few tears.
Ashley will be remembered for her independance and strength and will be missed by all (those who were close like family and friends and those who connected with her through her character of Lee Haines).
RIP Ashley
Condolences to her family in this time of great sadness.

Val Says:

To the Callie family,
My deepest sympathy on the passing of Ashley. She will be missed by all but her mermories will live for ever.
Safe in the arms of Jesus.

Lynne McCarthy Says:

My tears has no end…

My love, light, peace and healing energy to your family, friends and colleagues…

To somewhere beautiful, your wonderful soul!




sarah mohlala Says:

My sincere condolences to her family, friends and isidingo crew, you are in our prayers. South Africa has lost one of the most talented actress. May her soul rest in peace. We will definitely miss her…fan from SA in poland

Marian, Tamsyn, Erin, Lisa & Robyn Says:

Can’t believe the news about Ashley. We saw you, alive and smiling on TV only 3hours ago, and that image of you will remain in our memories and hearts forever. Your remarkable talent touched so many in this country, we felt that we knew you as a close friend. Thank you for letting your beautiful light shine in our homes everyday.

Rest in peace, dearest Ashley. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.

Love from the Alexander Family.

Julian & Donne Says:

You seemed such a true person and had the grace and elegance for which many people seek. Our hearts are saddened, but your inspiration and talent have left a unforgettable impression upon us. May the family have strength in this time.

tumi Says:

“May your soul rest in peace Ashley, and may God put his hands upon the Callie Family and comfort them. We as a nation have lost an angel

Karin Says:

This is such sad,sad news. We all lost an idol. Ashley was what I can only dream of being – beautiful,smart and talented.
Ashley, we will miss you sorely. Rest in Peace, we all love you and will keep you in our hearts forever.

N Mrubata Says:

Callie Family God knows every heartache,sees every tear,a word from His lips can calm every fear your sorrows may linger throughout the night, but may suddenly vanish in dawn’s early light.Wipe your tears Ashley is resting in peace,dancing with the Angels.

Farewell Ashley we luv u.

xxxx Says:

R.I.P Ashley
Condolences to her family & friends,may she rest in peace
“C” Shift PetroSa M/Bay

Belinda Says:

Ashley was an amazingly tallented and lovely woman, may her family find strength at this time. May her memory live on forever in those who were changed for the better by her.

Chantelle Says:

Sincere condolences to the family and those people that Ashley touched, I am one of them!

Ashley brought something so amazing to her audiences and I feel like I have just lost a very best friend.

I also believe that God has a purpose for Ashley beyond our comprehension and I say ‘Go and be what you were born to be, a star in God’s army of angels!’

You will be sorely missed and no one will every replace the amazing spirit you were.

Regards, Chantelle Bruyns

Lisa Vogel Says:

My sincere condolences to the Callie family. I am so very heartbroken, i feel i have lost a close friend. Ashley you are in good hands now but i wish i could have been witness to more of your wonderful talent. I will certainly miss you! This is a sad day for me. Love to the Callie family.

Theresa Vermeulen Says:

To the Callie family.

My sincere condolences on your loss. Ashley was an awesome person and my hero and rolemodel she will be missed by everyone is South Africa.

Di Says:

Sleep well In God Dear Ashley..May Flights Of Angels lead You To Your rest. Condolences to All Ashley’s Family And Friends.

Melissa Camilleri Says:

It is always sad to hear when someone so young passes away so tragically. But it even more heartbreaking when that person touched a nations hearts with their day to day performance. Ashley Callie has touched our nations hearts in life and in death. Our condolences go out to her family and friends. May she find peace and love with God in Heaven and may her light shine down upon us from heaven.

Wayne Says:

My sincere condolences go out to Ashley’s heartbroken family, friends and colleagues. May you all find peace in the knowledge that no separation through death is permanent, and that your loved one is safe in the arms of God. May this thought comfort you, until you meet again….

Charlene Says:

My deepest condolences to the Callie family. Your daughter was truly inspirational as she was always a bright star on Isidingo. We are all so shocked and words cannot express the shock. May Isidingo carry on to be the best soapie on TV and may Ashley be remembered for all time.

Santi Says:

Dearest Callie, life is past, all its sins, its sadness. Brightly at last dawns a day of gladness. Restin Peace.

Jessie Lee Says:

I am lost of words.It is unbelievable and i never thought this could happen to such and inspiring person.My dearest condolences go out to her family and friends.It will take me long to get over her tragic loss.Will always be thinking of you.

remy Says:

Does anyone know exactly what happened and who’s fault the accident was??

Barbara Harmel Says:

Dear Ludwig

If you log on to you will see the amazing outpouring of grief about the death of this beautiful and hugely talented young actress, Ashley Callie.
She clearly was one of the most popular actresses in South Africa, and for many viewers, was THE reason for watching the ‘soapie’ Isidingo on SABC3.

I am sure there are thousands of us who would love to have a rose named after her in our gardens. I see her as an exquisite long-stemmed creamy rose with tinges of bronze and a hint of pink, a delicate but unmistakeable perfume.

Would you consider this, in her honour?

Thank you.
Barbara, Johannesburg

admin Says:

This is a beautiful idea Barbara – please keep us all posted. What a lovely way to keep Ashley alive forever.

Nhlanhla Khumalo Says:

I am saddened to learn of her death. She died too soon. My thoughts are with the Callies and all her loved ones. May her memories serve as your strength and comfort. I will remember her.

May she rest in peace.

Love + Prayers

Tania Hofmeyr Says:

well i am still in shock even after speaking to my uncle Gray Hofmeyr for a sense of verification, Isidingo reunions at grays house will never be the same, Ash was such a warm person and will live on in the Hofmeyr families memory forever….

hope to hear of the funeral arrangements soon

RIP ASHLEY you are out of the pain you never knew


ADKM Says:

Forever a bright and shining star. Fly with angels beautiful girl.

Nosimo Says:

To the Callie family:Only God knows the full extent of your pain. As He had sent you an angel for 32 years, He will bring you divine comfort. Ashley was one of my favourite performers,what a waste of life! A beautiful lady, such a talented actress-you will be surely missed. May your beautiful soul rest in peace.

Paulette Says:

Dearest Ashleigh
God needed a flower,and He chose you. You’ve really made an impact on our lives. I’ve never met you, but feel as if I’ve lost a sister.Not only were you beautiful outside,but had a heart of gold.An angel from above. I will never forget you. R.I.P Angel

LINDA and Candice Says:

Ashley we had the pleasure of meeting you, you will always be in our hearts! You are a real lady and made us feel like we were the celebraties! You will stay in our hearts and we will always remember your laugh which fulled the room! RIP


Megan Says:

TO THE CALLIE FAMILY…You raised a beautiful and talented daughter and sister. May god give you strength and angels help the family through this sad time.An amazing actress that has left an empty space in our lives…May your soul rest in peace…Sadly missed…

Lungelwa Says:

To The Callie family ,my deepest condolences.
I never knew Ashley in real life but had the privilege of watching Isidingo and seeing this beatiful,talented person who came thru as aa warm caring and loving individual.
May her soul rest in peace .
May god give her family strength thru this sad time


To the Callie Family

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Even though i didn’t know Ashley personlly she touched my heart with her warmth and dazzeling smile. Isidingo will never be the same. Our loss is Heaven’s gain.

May you rest in peace Sweet Angel. We will miss and remember you forever!

Jo Says:

To the Callie Family:
Ashley will stay in our “minds and hearts” forever. May God give you strenght during these trying times. I loved Ashley as Lee Haines and when I received the news about her passing, my heart was broken as if a family member died. We will miss her. You will remain in our prayers.
Ashley may you rest in peace dear Angel.

Sipokazi Mpongwana Says:

Rest in Peace Ashley, may God be with u all the way and the angel’s of heaven guide ur soul as u were an angel in this world.

To the Callie family, my prayers are with you. May the Lord give all of you strength to overcome this.

Ami Vicars Says:

Ash, such a strong powerful woman, my mentor. an inspiration to me. let wot ever happened between rest.
i know u will be granted the position of GRAND ANGEL up there cos that is the only position you deserve!
gonna miss your presance in Melville big time.
mr mrs Callie, Lauren, my thoughts are with you. May God guide you through this nightmare.
Love to all

lizette Says:

My sincere condolences to Ashley’s family. See really touched my heart. May her soul rest in peace and the Lord look after her. All God’s Blessings to the Callie family.

Eunice Maeda Kitomari Says:

I just cant imagine Isidingo without you Ashley, my condolences to Ashleys family (The Callies) and all members of have lost such an important member not only to you but to all of us throughout Africa!(who watch Isidingo daily). May the Almighty Lord be with you during this very trying moments in Life!!
Bye Ashley … we will ever be thinking of you.You were such an inspiration!!!

thuthu Xulu Says:

Although I can’t say I knew Ashley personally she graced our screens daily as lEE hAINES.So in A way I feel as though i have lost some one whom I came to admire and love.To Her family God is still here lean on him to give you comfort and peace.To Ashley mAY her soul rest in peace SA will love and remember her forever!!

LISA Says:


adel Says:

May it bring peace to the Callie family knowing how much Ashley touched the hearts of people.
She will be sadly missed…

Nthabiseng Says:

Great idea Barbara,

Once more, Ashley will be sorely missed, she made her character Leonne Haines seem so real.

May her beautiful soul rest in peace.

Miss Tshekoeng

Bronwyn Patten Says:

Although you are in a better place – words can not express how much we will miss you. It is tragedy that you were taken so soon.

My thoughts are prayers are with the family and friends. My the Lords love comfort you during this diffucult time.

Euna Sebobane Says:

I am so deeply touched by your passing, I will sadly miss the classy lady of Isidingo, your cool smile and calmness, You are joining other beautiful angels who has touched us in the entertainment industry, the Lord is with you I know!!

My thoughts and prayers are with your Loved ones!!

Euna, in EastRand

Katlego Lekwakwe Says:

My heartfelt condolences to Ashley’s family. She will be sorely missed by Isidingo fans and will always be in our thoughts!

Mary & Riccardo Esterhuizen Says:

Ashley you will be missed by all of us. You will always be the beautiful Leigh Heines in our thoughts..
To the familly: you are in our thoughts and prayers always. Remember God knows best.

Mary & Riccardo Esterhuizen…. Reiger Park

nokwazi mkhabela Says:

oh! lee have been a wonderful actor, ur one irreplacable actor we will always love and miss her, to all the callies family let God be ur streght coz he in peace ashley

Lenice Says:

My deepest sympathy to the Callie family.
Iam so glad that Isidingo will not replace Lee, as she was one of a kind! Amazing absolutely.
I know that death can come suddenly, but God will give you the strengh to pull through this tragic time

Gerard Says:

I always say to myself, if I die, it won’t ever be on the road. It can be avoided, and Ashley’s death is just as tragic as Princess Dianna’s. And I always laugh when I see people trying to drive Smart ‘Dinky Cars’ since they offer no protection. Anyone involved in a road accident should be banned from driving for life period.

Moratabatho Sefora Says:

May your soul rest in peace Ashley, you have left a legacy in the country and abroad.

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