Activist & Daughter Of Eric Garner, Erica Garner, Has Died

Erica Garner has turned personal tragedy into a platform for activism

Erica Garner has been hospitalized in Brooklyn since Saturday. Erica reportedly suffered another heart attack in August after the birth of her second child.

On Saturday, the world lost Erica Garner, who became one of the leading voices in the Black Lives Matter movement after her father, Eric, was killed during a struggle with police. Eric Garner had argued with officers upon being approached for suspicion of selling loose cigarettes.

Video of Mr Garner's arrest and his last words "I can't breathe" went viral on social media and became a key catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement.

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The news was announced on her official Twitter account which was taken over by a close family friend who vowed to use the account as an outlet to provide updates on Erica's condition.

"She's not gone, she's brain dead", her mother said Thursday. "Please continue to pray hard for Erica and pray for her family and kids just as much".

She had been in a coma since 23 December after suffering a heart attack triggered by an asthma attack.

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The coroner declared his death a homicide, though no one has been charged and Pantaleo is still on the New York Police Department's payroll, according to NPR. "I love you. I am glad you came into our lives", the family said in a post on Garner's Twitter account. A grand jury declined to indict the officer involved, although the city of NY reached a $5.9 million settlement with the Garner family in 2015 for a wrongful-death lawsuit.

Mayor Bill de Blasio called Garner's death a "horrible tragedy".

"Even with my own heartbreak, when I demand justice, it's never just for Eric Garner", she wrote in The Washington Post in 2016.

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Days before the anniversary of her father's death in 2015, she led a march through the streets of St. George and Tompkinsville, as part of a week-long series of events planned to honor his legacy and raise awareness of what she believed was a trend of police brutality in the country. She also told NBCBLK that her goal was to continue fighting for justice for him and others caught in similar situations.

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