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In devastating news, Morgan Freeman’s granddaughter, E’Dena Hines, was stabbed to death in the early hours of Sunday morning in New York City, PEOPLE reports.

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Hines who was 33-years-old, was the granddaughter of Freeman’s first wife, Myrna Colley-Lee, making her technically his step granddaughter. But the two appeared to be quite close still after Freeman split from Colley-Lee. NYPD officers found her lying outside her home at 3 a.m. where she was unresponsive due to multiple stab wounds. She was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital.

PEOPLE is reporting that a 30-year-old man was taken into custody at the scene and then later taken to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.

Freeman has issued the following statement to PEOPLE:

“The world will never know her artistry in talent, and how much she had to offer,” he said. “Her friends and family were fortunate enough to have known what she meant as a person.

“Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.”

What a tragedy for her family and friends all round. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of them. Rest in peace E’Dena.


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