'We Didn't Deserve Her': Activist Erica Garner Dies After Suffering Heart Attack
Erica Garner reportedly died Saturday morning.
December 30, 2017 at 5:17 pm
Activist Erica Garner — daughter of police chokehold victim Eric Garner — has died after suffering a heart attack on Christmas Eve. WABC reports that Garner died Saturday morning, and her coworker confirmed her passing on her official Twitter account.
Erica the world loves you. I love you. I am glad you came into our lives. May you find the peace in the next life that you deserved while you were here. I will always love you my sister. love you— officialERICA GARNER (@es_snipes) December 30, 2017
She passed away this morning. The reports are real. We didn't deserve her.— officialERICA GARNER (@es_snipes) December 30, 2017
When you report this you remember she was human: mother, daughter, sister, aunt. Her heart was bigger than the world. It really really was. She cared when most people wouldn't have. She was good. She only pursued right, no matter what. No one gave her justice.— officialERICA GARNER (@es_snipes) December 30, 2017
The 27-year-old experienced a heart attack as a result of an asthma attack, according to family members. She was placed in a medically-induced coma at Woodhull Hospital where she was placed in ICU and on life support. On Thursday morning, family members were called in to say final goodbyes after the doctor declared her brain dead with a slim chance of recovery.
Erica Garner first gained notoriety in 2014 after the death of her father at the hands of New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo. Since then, she had become one of the most prominent activists in the Black Lives Matter movement. She appeared in a campaign commercial for Sen. Bernie Sanders during his run for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential election. She also previously challenged President Barack Obama's administration and Justice Department for its investigation into father's death.
Thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.