Erica Garner, Daughter of Eric Garner Dies at 27

Erica Garner has turned personal tragedy into a platform for activism

Erica Garner has turned personal tragedy into a platform for activism

Erica Garner, the eldest daughter of the late Eric Garner - who died in 2014 after being put in a chokehold by NY police - has died.

She is said to be remembered as a "human: mother, sister, aunt". Family members gave conflicting reports about her status Thursday.

Following her father's death, Garner led marches in NY and elsewhere, drawing attention to the plight of African-Americans who've been victims of police brutality.

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Hearts are heavy today as reports poured in that activist and eldest daughter of slain Staten Island man Eric Garner, Erica Garner, has died.

Garner has been in a coma since Saturday after an asthma attack triggered the massive heart attack.

A message posted on her Twitter account said she had brain damage "from lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest". "She left on her own terms".

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Erica leaves behind a husband, an 8-year-old daughter, a 4-month-old son, and a slew of family and friends to mourn her legacy and life. She suffered a heart attack shortly after the delivery.

Garner became a major force in advocacy and social justice after the death of her father helped ignite the Black Lives Matter Movement following his police-caused death in 2014.

Mr Garner's death was ruled a homicide by medical examiners, but a grand jury did not charge any arresting officers in the case. It was during the pregnancy that she was diagnosed with an enlarged heart and suffered her first heart attack shortly after the delivery.

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"These people will co-opt anything to push their agenda", Garner said, calling out Clinton's campaign team on Twitter.

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