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Morgan Freeman arrivals for the 82th Annual Academy Awards nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton

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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…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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