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Social justice activist Erica Garner dies following heart attack

31 December 2017, 01:09 | Katrina Lee

Eric Garner died after being put in a banned chokehold by Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo

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Erica Garner, who became a nationally-known activist against police abuse following her father's death after he was put in a police chokehold, has died following a recent heart attack, her official Twitter site confirmed.

The daughter of Black Lives Matter icon Eric Garner has died after a weeklong hospital stay following a heart attack.

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. The friend running her Twitter account posted she had suffered brain damage. She also set up the Garner Way Foundation in her father's honor, which she said she would use to "fight to engage communities all over the world in this struggle through, political awareness, music, arts, and community activism".

Garner became a civil rights activist after video of her father's chokehold death at the hands of a NY police officer went viral and his final words "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry for police reform activists.

Eric Garner's pleas of "I can't breathe!" as he was put into a chokehold by Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo - a move the NYPD had banned - helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement and spurred his daughter to become an advocate against police brutality. His obvious last words - "I can't relax!"

She had been in a coma since 23 December after suffering a heart attack triggered by an asthma attack.

Garner told CNN's Don Lemon in 2014 she believed her father's death had more to do with police misconduct than race.

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"She was a warrior, she was a fighter and we didn't pull the plug on her", said Esaw Snipes, Garner's mother.

She recently received $163,600 as part of the city's $5.9 million wrongful-death settlement with the family, according to distrubution records. It was during the pregnancy that she was diagnosed with an enlarged heart and suffered her first heart attack shortly after the delivery.

His demise was ruled a murder, yet an fantastic jury chose not to arraign Pantaleo on criminal allegations.

During the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries, she endorsed Sen. "I'm standing up, me being his girl", she said in the promotion.

Mayor Bill de Blasio called Garner's death a "horrible tragedy". "She left on her own terms". The march ended at the spot where her father died, and brought together several social activist organizations.

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



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