Actor Freeman's step-grandchild killed by beau
OSCAR-WINNING actor Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter was stabbed to death by her boyfriend in New York, United States media reported on Sunday.
E'Dena Hines, 33, was found on a Manhattan street early on Sunday morning with multiple stab wounds, officials said. She was pronounced dead in a hospital shortly after.
Her boyfriend had allegedly yelled, "Get out devils! I cast you out devils, in the name of Jesus Christ! I cast you out!" as he carried out the attack, witness George Hudacko told the New York Post.
A 30-year-old man was taken into custody and hospitalised for a psychological evaluation, police told The New York Times.
Though Freeman and the victim were not directly related, her grandmother was once married to the actor, the Times reported.
Hines appeared as a receptionist in the film 5 Flights Up, which was released in May and features Freeman.
In a Facebook post, Freeman called the death "tragic and senseless".
In a statement from his publicist on Sunday, Freeman said: "The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer."
Freeman is known internationally for his presence in a plethora of films and television shows, and he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2005 for his role in Million Dollar Baby.