Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter E Eena Hines Murdered
E’Dena Hines, the goddaughter of actor Morgan Freeman was found dead in NYC’s Washington Heights neighborhood, police confirm to Us Weekly.
In the early morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 16, Hines was stabbed multiple times in the torso.
According to reports, she was then taken to Harlem Hospital where was was pronounced dead.
She was 33 at the time of her death.
A 30-year-old male was arrested after being found kneeling over Hines. He was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and is currently undergoing psychiatric evaluation.
“The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer,” Freeman said in a statement. “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. ”
According to Stuff.co.uk. Hines had studied acting and was involved with teaching urban youth. She is the granddaughter of Freeman’s first wife.
She had recently returned to live in New York after being cast in an indie film, Landing Up, which began shooting in June.
“My dream has come true and its just beginning,” Hines wrote of landing the role. “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.”
Police told NBC that Hines was Freeman’s goddaughter, but she has also been referred to as his step-granddaughter.
According to her IMDB she also played the receptionist in a Morgan Freeman film called Five Flights Up, a yoga student in the TV series A Minority Report, and a maid in the film Moll of Flanders also starring Morgan Freeman.
An investigation into Hines’ death is ongoing.
In 2012, Freeman was forced to dispel rumors that he planned on marrying the actress and that they were in a romantic relationship for ten years prior.
‘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.
‘What is even more alarming is that these fabrications are now being picked up by the legitimate press as well,’ the actor said in 2012.
The father-of-four’s stance was backed up by Hines, who issued a statement of her own after the rumors surfaced.
She said: ‘These stories about me and my grandfather are not only untrue, they are also hurtful to me and my family.’