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Eric Garner death: Activist daughter Erica dies aged 27

02 January 2018

A prominent civil rights activist whose father was killed by a New York City police officer died Saturday after being in a coma for several days, according to her family.

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.

Erica went into cardiac arrest earlier this week and suffered major brain damage due to a lack of oxygen, rendering her brain dead at the time.

Erica Garner, who became a well-known activist after her father, Eric Garner, died in police custody, has died at the age of 27.

Protesters converged on busy streets, blocking traffic, and staged die-ins, carried mock coffins and chanted "I can't breathe" - Garner's last words before he died.

Erica Garner, 27, had been fighting for her life since she suffered a massive heart attack a week ago, family members told the Daily News Thursday.

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Garner became an activist and spoke out against police brutality after her father's death was caught on cell phone video in 2014. But she became outspoken, organizing a "die-in" on the same corner where her father was placed in the chokehold, and accusing Mayor Bill de Blasio of not caring about African-Americans. Later, doctors found that her heart had enlargened.

A medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.

"I pray for peace and comfort for her family and loved ones", Hill added.

Since her father's death, Erica has had two children, including a child in August whom she named after her father. She also appeared in a campaign commercial for Sen. "You have to lead by example, ' now I understand why", Garner said in the video.

She used her prominence to stand up against police brutality and personally endorsed Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for president. 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. One thread of messages claimed NYPD officers kicked everyone out of her hospital room despite the fact that they were allowed to be there.

Eric Garner death: Activist daughter Erica dies aged 27