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Black Lives Matter activist Erica Garner dies at 27

'She only pursued right, no matter what.'


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Dec 30, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 6:30 am CDT

Days after suffering a massive heart attack that reportedly left her on life support, Erica Garner died Saturday morning, according to multiple media reports and her official Twitter account.

Garner—the 27-year-old who became a Black Lives Matter activist when her father, Eric Garner, died after being put in a chokehold by New York Police Department officers in 2014—suffered a heart attack last week that reportedly was brought on by an asthma attack. She’d been in a coma ever since.

On Saturday morning, Garner’s Twitter account confirmed that she had died.

Eric Garner died in 2014 after police confronted him about allegedly selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island. He was taken down by officers, and during the scuffle, he said, “I can’t breathe” 11 times. He later died at the hospital, and though no officers were indicted in the incident, a wrongful-death lawsuit by the Garner family against the city of New York was settled for $5.9 million.

Erica Garner became an activist for police reform and endorsed Bernie Sanders for president. She gave birth to a boy in August, where she suffered her first heart attack. Doctors later found she had an enlarged heart.

She then suffered another heart attack last week that left her with brain damage.

“She was a warrior, she was a fighter and we didn’t pull the plug on her,” Esaw Snipes, Garner’s mother, told the New York Daily News. “She left on her own terms.”

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*First Published: Dec 30, 2017, 9:35 am CST