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Activist Erica Garner, Eric Garner's daughter, is dead after heart attack

Updated December 30, 2017 11:49 AM EST

Erica Garner has died on Saturday, days after suffering a heart attack. She was 27 years old.

Garner became a vocal activist against police brutality after her father, Eric Garner, died when police put him in a chokehold in 2014.

Her family posted to her Twitter account following her death.

Updated December 28, 2017 10:43 AM EST

The daughter of Eric Garner, a man whose death sparked national debate over how police treat minorities, is brain dead with no chance of recovery, according to The New York Daily News.

The Daily News on Thursday reported that Erica Garner, 27, remained on life support that morning after suffering a massive heart attack five days ago.

"She's not gone, she's brain dead," Esaw Snipes, Erica Garner's mother, said. "Physically she is still with us."

The Daily News on Thursday also reported that family members were being called earlier that day to come to Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, New York and say their last goodbyes to Erica Garner.

Erica Garner has been in a coma since last Saturday, when the mother of two suffered a large heart attack triggered by an asthma attack.

The New York woman became a vocal activist against police brutality after her father died after police there put him in a chokehold in 2014.

Eric Garner's death sparked nationwide protests, and his final words of "I can't breathe" have since become a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.

The daughter of Eric Garner, a man whose death became a flashpoint in the debate over police brutality against minorities, has been hospitalized after a heart attack.

Erica Garner’s mother on Monday said that her 27-year-old daughter is in a medically induced coma.

“Right now, the family is just praying and asking for everyone to keep her in their prayers,” Esaw Snipes told The New York Times during a brief telephone interview.

Snipes said that Erica Garner was hospitalized last Saturday evening after an asthma episode caused a heart attack.

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Erica Garner’s mother also said that her daughter had given birth four months ago and learned that she has heart problems.

Snipes, who is Eric Garner’s widow, additionally declined to name which hospital is treating her daughter.

Erica Garner became a prominent activist for police accountability following her father’s death on Staten Island, New York in 2014.

Eric Garner’s daughter publicly questioned former President Barack Obama over the issue, and she also criticized New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (D) handling of policing matters.

Erica Garner additionally appeared in a campaign ad for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during his 2016 bid for the presidency as a Democrat.


Eric Garner died in 2014 after a plainclothes New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer placed him in a chokehold.

The NYPD was arresting Eric Garner for selling single, untaxed cigarettes, and his death became the focus of nationwide protests against racial inequality.

Video of Eric Garner placed in the chokehold went viral at the time, and his last words, “I can’t breathe,” have since become a slogan associated with demonstrations against his death.

The officer involved in Eric Garner’s death was not indicted on criminal charges, and New York City settled with the Garner family for $5.9 million in 2015.

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