Maleny mourns: Shocked community remembers 'beautiful soul'
THE Maleny community is reeling after the death of well-known local identity Colin "Magik" Hastie.
The 63-year-old was found slumped outside his Macadamia Dr home yesterday morning by a young man delivering pamphlets.
He later died at Maleny Hospital.
A neighbour who saw Mr Hastie after the incident would not formally comment to the Daily but described the scene as "horrific".
Police have charged 39-year-old Danielle Sheryl Erica Beutel, of Maleny, with one count of manslaughter.
Ms Beutel remains in custody and her case has been adjourned until May 1.
Shocked Maleny locals have spoken highly of Mr Hastie, a "beautiful soul" that "wouldn't hurt a fly".
He has been described as an "always-smiling" long-time local identity who was often seen walking up and down Maple St saying hello to passers-by.
"He was just a bubbly, friendly personality," IGA store manager Owen Gray said.
"Col was all about sharing the love. He'll be missed, really missed."
Mr Gray said people in the community were struggling to come to terms with what had happened in the sleepy hinterland town.
"Everyone's just in shock," he said.
Mr Hastie would often walk to the Maleny Hotel to sit and chat, making himself a much-loved member of the tight-knit community.
"He never would have had any qualms with anybody," local resident Kylie Barnes said.
"He was a happy-go-lucky person. Wouldn't hurt a fly."
Flowers have been left at Mr Hastie's house as forensic investigators compile evidence.
Mourners have also taken to Facebook to share their shock and hurt over his death.
"If you live in Maleny and didn't know Colin Hastie then you're not a local," Ty Newton said.
"He had a huge heart and an open mind to everything life could throw at a person. He was extremely well-known for his beautiful character and loved being amongst people enjoying life."
"He often told me I was an angel walking among humans," Jo Nolan said.
"Made me feel like I was the most special person ever."
"Make them all smile wherever you are now," Val Hoffman said.
The community has come together to raise money for a "celebration of his life". Anyone wishing to help is being urged to contact Sammy Ringer on Facebook.
"Cheers to a wonderful and compassionate community," Melanie Leontine said.