Actor Morgan Freeman’s 33-year-old step-granddaughter, E’Dena Hines, died from stab wounds Sunday morning, according to People magazine.
Hines was found by responding officers at about 3 a.m. lying in the street in front of her New York home on W. 162nd St. with several stab wounds to her torso. She was taken to Harlem Hospital where she died from her injuries.
A 30-year-old man has been apprehended and taken to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, according to the NYPD.
An investigation of the tragedy is underway.
Hines, who was the granddaughter of Morgan Freeman’s first wife, was a New York-based actress and writer. She studied acting at New York University for three years and then taught underserved youth in Memphis, Tennessee, according to her website.
She wrote on her blog that she imagined people would describe her as energetic, loud and animated. Hines’ blog includes thoughts on her challenges breaking into the acting business and her philosophies on life.
“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,” she wrote.
Freeman released a statement explaining what a delight it was to know Hines.
“The world will never know her artistry and 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,” he added.