Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter E'Dena Hines stabbed to death on street in New York

Police were responded to an incident in the Harlem neighbourhood

Andrew Buncombe
Monday 17 August 2015 08:21 BST
E’Dena Hines and Morgan Freeman
E’Dena Hines and Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter was stabbed to death on a New York street in the early hours of Sunday, police have confirmed.

E’Dena Hines, 33, whose grandmother was Jeanette Adair Bradshaw, the actor’s first wife, was stabbed several times in front of her home in Harlem’s West 162nd St.

The New York Post said that a 30-year-old man man who was at the scene was taken into custody and moved to hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

Freeman issued a statement saying: "The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer."

Writing on Facebook, he added: "I want to acknowledge the tremendous outpouring of love and support my family has received regarding the tragic and senseless passing of my granddaughter. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Hines had studied acting and was involved with teaching urban youth.

Three years ago, Morgan, who is aged 78, issued a statement denying that he was involved in a relationship with Ms Hines.

“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,” he said.

“What is even more alarming is that these fabrications are now being picked up by the legitimate press as well.”

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