Actor Morgan Freeman and granddaughter E'Dena Hines arrive to the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel January 16, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California.
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August 17, 2015

E’dena Hines, the granddaughter of actor Morgan Freeman by marriage, was stabbed and killed in New York.

The 33-year-old actress — who appeared in Freeman’s film 5 Flights Up in 2014 — was found in the street outside her apartment with more than a dozen stab wounds to her body early on Sunday morning, according to police. Hines was taken to Harlem Hospital, reports the Washington Post, where she was pronounced dead. Standing over her at the scene of the stabbing was a 30-year-old man, identified as Lamar Davenport by the Associated Press, who police took into custody and later charged with second-degree murder.

As the news spread of Hines’ death, Freeman — whose first wife was Hines’ grandmother — mourned.

“The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer,” Freeman said in a statement. “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.”

The actor also posted a message to Facebook, thanking people for their support and condolences:

I want to acknowledge the tremendous outpouring of love and support my family has received regarding the tragic and senseless passing of my granddaughter Edena Hines. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. -M

Posted by Morgan Freeman on Sunday, August 16, 2015

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