Activist Erica Garner Dies After Suffering Heart Attack

Activist Erica Garner Dies After Suffering Heart Attack

Erica Garner died Saturday, after spending almost a week in a medically induced coma at a NY hospital.

The 27-year-old mother of an 8-year-old girl and 4-month old boy had a heart attack on December 23 and was on life support in a Brooklyn hospital.

According to her Twitter account, which has been run by a worker since she was stricken, she "suffered major brain damage from a lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest".

Garner emerged as a prominent activist after her father, Eric Garner, was killed during an encounter with the New York Police Department in July 2014. Eric Garner had argued with officers upon being approached for suspicion of selling loose cigarettes.

Protesters converged on busy streets, blocking traffic, and staged die-ins, carried mock coffins and chanted "I can't breathe" - Garner's last words before he died.

Garner's official Twitter account wrote that, "She passed away this morning. The media will say she died of a heart attack but that's only partially true because her heart was already broken when she couldn't get justice for her father", Sharpton said Saturday.

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Garner became an outspoken critic of police brutality after her father's untimely and senseless death in 2013.

A person identified only as one of Erica's workers was posting updates on her Twitter account throughout the week. Later, doctors found that her heart had enlargened.

An autopsy by the city's medical examiner ruled Eric Garner's death a homicide.

She gave birth to a son-Eric, named after her father-in August and also leaves behind an 8-year-old daughter. "She left on her own terms". Garner also spoke in a 2016 presidential campaign advertisement.

"My thoughts are with Erica Garner", he said.

Even as Garner pressed politicians and law enforcement officials to hold the police accountable for her father's death, she was emphatic that her personal tragedy was also a public one. Donovan was the distict attorney when a grand jury declined to indict Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in connection with her father's death.

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