Police said that E’Dena Hines, the step-granddaughter of Morgan Freeman, was found stabbed to death in Washington Heights early Sunday. The body of Hines, 33, was lying in the middle of W. 162nd, near St. Nicholas Avenue. She had sustained a number of knife wounds to her chest.
CBS Detroit reports that police were called to a building at 2:54 a.m. Meanwhile, The New York Post reports that 65-year-old George Hudacko witnessed Hines’ attack from his window. He also heard Hines screaming and called 911. From the scene, Hines was rushed to the Harlem Hospital Center. Police said she was pronounced dead.
The man who had stabbed Hines to death was a 30-year-old man. Moreover, he is reportedly the late actress’ boyfriend.
The suspect appeared to be deranged at the time of the incident. Hudacko said the suspect kept screaming, “Get out, devils! I cast you out, devils! In the name of Jesus Christ, I cast you out!” while stabbing Hines repeatedly. Hines and her boyfriend had just moved into an apartment on West 162 Street recently.
Police have taken a 30-year-old man into custody. He is currently being held at the New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center.
Morgan Freeman utterly devastated by Hines’ death
Hines is actually the granddaughter of Jeanette Adair Bradshaw, who was Freeman’s first wife. The Telegraph reports that Freeman divorced Bradshaw in 1979 after 12 years of marriage. Meanwhile, Freeman and Hines have become quite close and have even appeared together on the red carpet a number of times. In his Facebook page, Freeman referred to Hines’ death as “tragic and senseless.”
Following her death, Freeman released a statement, “The world will never know her artistry and 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.”
Prior to her death, Hines had just finished filming “Landing Up,” which was directed by Daniel Tenenbaum. It centers on two homeless women surviving the streets of New York. People who have worked with Hines on the film are devastated about her loss.
Heartbroken to find out our E'Dena has been taken from the world. Our thoughts are with her and her family. http://t.co/4SfOaj0sp4
— Landing Up Film (@landingupfilm) August 16, 2015