Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter, E’Dena Hines, was stabbed to death on a Manhattan sidewalk early on Sunday morning.
Police arrived to find the 33-year-old unresponsive with stab wounds to her torso outside a building in the Washington Heights area of New York City around 3 a.m.
Her ex-boyfriend was standing over her body screaming and the knife was recovered at the scene.
Hines was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital.
Hines is the granddaughter of Freeman’s first wife Jeanette Adair Bradshaw. She is sometimes referred as Freeman’s goddaughter in addition to his step-granddaughter.
E’Dena has accompanied Morgan Freeman previously to red carpet events.
Hines’ former boyfriend was arrested and taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital for medical evaluation.
Hines’ personal website states she was an actor and writer living in New York City where she studied at New York University’s Graduate Acting Program.
In addition to being an aspiring actress in New York, she also taught underprivileged children in her native Memphis, Tennessee where she moved after she failed to land jobs.
She moved back to New York last April after being cast in a small indie film called Landing Up which began shooting in June.
Hines wrote in a blog post in July, “My dream has come true and its just beginning. Life can make you want to give up or walk away; sometimes it gives you the strength to appreciate when you do get your happy ending”.
In 2012, actor Freeman was forced to dispel rumors that he planned on marrying the aspiring actress and that they were in a romantic relationship for 10 years prior.
He stated, “The recent reports of any pending marriage or romantic relationship of me to anyone are defamatory fabrications from the tabloid media designed to sell papers. What is even more alarming is that these fabrications are now being picked up by the legitimate press as well”.
Morgan was married to Jeanette Adair Bradshaw from 1967 until 1979.
He then married costume designer Myrna Colley-Lee on June 16, 1984, and it was in 2009 during their messy divorce that the allegations about the actor came out.
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