Hines, an actress in her own right, was stabbed multiple times in the torso and taken to Harlem Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. A 30-year-old man, said to be her boyfriend, was found kneeling over her body making what has been described as "religious" statements. A witness told DailyMail.com he heard the man yelling, "Get out, devils. In the name of Jesus Christ, I cast you out."
He has been taken in for psychiatric evaluation.
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"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."
Freeman later posted his thanks to fans and well-wishers on his Facebook page:
In 2012, Freeman was forced to comment on the perception that he and Hines, who were not blood relatives, had been carrying on a romantic relationship. He strongly denied those rumors.