Morgan Freeman and E'Dena Hines Morgan Freeman and E'Dena Hines

E'Dena Hines, the step-granddaughter of Morgan Freeman was stabbed to death, police confirmed to People.

Hines, 33, was found outside of her New York City home around 3 a.m.by responding officers and then taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead, the NYPD said. A 30-year-old man was taken into custody at the scene, and an investigation is ongoing.

"The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer," Freeman told the magazine 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."

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Hines, who studied acting at New York University, was the granddaughter of Morgan's first wife.