Erica Garner, Activist Daughter of Eric Garner, Dies at Age 27

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The oldest daughter of a New York City man killed by a police chokehold has died at the age of 27, a spokesperson for her Twitter account confirmed Saturday morning.

Ms Garner became a prominent member of the Black Lives Matter movement following her father's death.

According to her Twitter account, which has been run by a worker since she was stricken, she "suffered major brain damage from a lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest". The elder Garner, 43, died after being put in a chokehold by NY police officer Daniel Pantaleo. He was confronted by police officers on a Staten Island street corner for allegedly selling loose cigarettes.

That phrase became a rallying cry during protests across the United States in 2014 against police brutality, particularly against black people.

There was also a call to remember Garner as a "human: a mother, daughter, sister, aunt". A grand jury declined to indict the officer; the city agreed to pay a $6 million civil settlement. She noted, in the same interview, that Kalief Browder's mother died of a broken heart.

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Erica Garner recently discovered she had heart problems after the birth of her son whom she named after her father
Andrew Burton via Getty Images Erica Garner recently discovered she had heart problems after the birth of her son whom she named after her father

"Even with my own heartbreak, when I demand justice, it's never just for Eric Garner", she wrote in a Washington Post op-ed previous year endorsing then-Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. "She was a fighter for justice and will not be forgotten", he said. "She left on her own terms". She was particularly critical of de Blasio, noting that he defended the NYPD's decision not to release Pantaleo's disciplinary records after her father's death.

Rest in peace Erica Garner and thank you for your service.

Garner accused ABC News of lying to her and her family about having an opportunity to ask the president a question in order to get them to Washington D.C., where the town hall was held, for ratings.

"My thoughts are with Erica Garner, her family and friends in hoping that she has a full recovery and rejoins the struggle for justice as soon as possible. We didn't deserve her", the account tweeted. "Justice means equity to us".

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