Eric Garner's Daughter, Erica, Dies After Suffering Massive Heart Attack

Eric Garner's Daughter, Erica, Dies After Suffering Massive Heart Attack

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. She suffered a massive heart attack last week, suffering brain damage after slipping into a coma while the family continued to rally around her.

The 27-year-old became a prominent civil-rights activist after her father, Eric Garner, was killed after being put in a chokehold by a New York City police officer in 2014. Pantaleo had been in the process of arresting Garner on the suspicion that he was selling loose cigarettes.

Garner's death helped spark the "Black Lives Matter" movement.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who was close with Erica Garner and her family, blamed her death on the lack of accountability for what happened to her father.

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Erica's father's death in 2014, drew heavy anger after a grand jury in NY declined to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who used the chokehold while attempting to arrest Garner for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes outside a Staten Island store.

After her father's passing, Erica dedicated her life to fighting police brutality. "Please continue to pray hard for Erica and pray for her family and kids just as much".

"The only thing I can say is that she was a warrior", Garner's mother, Esaw Snipes, said in an interview Saturday.

When Erica arrived, she saw a cell phone video of her father being taken down by several officers, while saying "I can't breathe" 11 times and falling unconscious.

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A medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.

Erica Garner became a voice for police accountability after his death, criticising Mayor Bill de Blasio over policing matters.

And in a video a year ago endorsing Bernie Sanders for president, she explained why she was an activist. She also appeared in a campaign commercial for Sen.

That is why when Erica Garner's son was born in August, she named him after her father.

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"This city will miss her unshakable sense of justice and passion for humanity", hetweeted. A grand jury declined to charge the officer, Daniel Pantaleo.

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