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Eric Garner death: Activist daughter Erica dies aged 27

31 December, 2017, 02:58 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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Garner, 27, had been hospitalized following a heart attack on December 24.

Black Lives Matter campaigner Erica Garner, who came to prominence after her father, Eric, was killed in a police chokehold, has died at the age of 27. News of her hospitalization and Saturday passing prompted an outpouring of support from high profile progressive activists and politicians, including Vermont Sen. Garner died almost one week after suffering a massive heart attack on Christmas Eve. She fought the good fight. She cared when most people wouldn't have. Her family confirmed this week that she had been declared brain dead after an asthma attack reportedly stressed Garner's enlarged heart and triggered cardiac arrest.

Garner's mother, Esaw Snipes, tells the Daily News she's in a coma but there's a "glimpse of hope" she could recover.

Garner was an outspoken advocate for police accountability, calling for justice and police reform following the 2014 death of her father, whose dying gasps of "I can't breathe" as a New York City police officer restrained him became a rallying cry at Black Lives Matter protests. A grand jury declined to indict the officer; the city agreed to pay a $6 million civil settlement. His mother, Venida Browder, suffered a heart attack 16 months after his death. Garner, daughter of Black Lives Matter icon Eric Garner died in NY on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, after a weeklong hospital stay following a heart attack.

Tributes have been pouring in from fellow human rights activists, with many leaving the message "Rest in power" to honor the political activist and mother of two.

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