Erica Garner, Activist Daughter of Eric Garner, Dies at Age 27

Erica Garner, who became a nationally-known activist against police abuse following her father's death after he was put in a police chokehold, has died following a recent heart attack, her official Twitter site confirmed. A CT scan showed that Garner, who was being treated at a hospital in Brooklyn, suffered "major brain damage from a lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest".

Hearts are heavy today as reports poured in that activist and eldest daughter of slain Staten Island man Eric Garner, Erica Garner, has died.

"She stood up for justice for her father", the Rev. Al Sharpton said in announcing the death of Garner, 27, at a NY hospital.

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Eric Garner screamed "I can't breathe" 11 times while being put in a chokehold by an NYPD officer in Staten Island after police tried to arrest him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes.

She had been in a coma since 23 December after suffering a heart attack triggered by an asthma attack. The city settled out of court with Garner's family for $5.9 million in 2015 but the family insisted it was not a victory and renewed calls for federal charges in the case.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, in announcing Garner's death Saturday, says she fought for justice and was "a warrior to the end". "I have had the privilege of joining with her at a number of events and was deeply impressed with her courage and insights". "This city will miss her unshakable sense of justice and passion for humanity", de Blasio tweeted. It was during the pregnancy that she was diagnosed with an enlarged heart and suffered her first heart attack shortly after the delivery. Atlanta Black Star will be doing a more extensive piece to shine a light on the extensive work Garner has done and her legacy as an activist.

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"The police slaughtered her unarmed, peaceful father with an unlawful strangle hold and got off with nary a word", Brittany Packnett, a pioneer operating at a profit Lives Matter development and prime supporter of Campaign Zero, said on Twitter. In 2016, she campaigned on behalf of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent, for president.

"Erica Garner's death is a terrible tragedy".

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Activist Erica Garner, a vocal activist and organizer within the Black Lives Matter movement, has died. "Her heart was assaulted by a framework that would gag her father and not consider responsible those that did it".

  • Ryan Wade