E'Dena Hines, the step-granddaughter of Morgan Freeman, was stabbed to death in New York City on Sunday.
The 33-year-old was found lying in the street in the Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights at about 3 a.m, where she was suffering from multiple wounds to her torso.
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Hines was taken to Harlem Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
"The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer," Freeman said in a statement to ET. "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."
A 30-year-old male was arrested at the scene on West 162nd Street before being taken to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. According to the New York Daily News, the suspect was seen kneeling over Hines' body as he made religious statements.
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Police say the investigation is ongoing.
Hines was the granddaughter of Freeman's first wife, Jeanette Adair Bradshaw.