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"Tragic and senseless": Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter stabbed to death

The suspect has been taken into custody.

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OSCAR-WINNING ACTOR Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter was stabbed to death by her boyfriend in New York, US media report.

E’Dena Hines, 33, was found on a Manhattan street early 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 who police said was the boyfriend was taken into custody and hospitalised for a psychological evaluation, police told the New York Times.

Though they were not directly related, the victim’s grandmother had once been married to Freeman, the Times reported.

In a Facebook posting, 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.

Hines appeared as a receptionist in the film”5 Flights Up, which was released in May and also features Freeman.

- © AFP, 2015

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