NEW YORK – The daughter of an important Black Life From figure Eric Garner died on Saturday after a weeklong stay in the hospital after a heart attack.
“She was a fighter to the end. She stood for justice for her father,” the Rev. Al Sharpton said in the announcement of the death of Garner, 27, at a New York hospital.
Garner is the official Twitter account, run by her family and friends since she became ill, she asked to be remembered as a mother, daughter, sister and aunt with a heart “bigger than the world.”
In 2014, her father, Eric Garner, who was black, was stopped on Staten Island for selling untaxed cigarettes and died after a white police officer subdued him with a chokehold. A grand jury declined to indict the officer; the city has agreed to pay $6 million civil settlement.
Garner’s last words, “I can’t breathe,” was a slogan of the activists.
Erica Garner was a voice for police accountability after his death, criticized the Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio on policing matters. In 2016, she campaigned on behalf of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent chairman.
Garner’s mother, and Esaw Snipes, told The New York Times earlier that Garner, who gave birth four months ago, had learned during the pregnancy that she had heart problems.
Snipes said Garner had a heart attack after an asthma episode and was placed in a medical coma.