Black Lives Matter icon Eric Garner's daughter dies at 27

Black Lives Matter icon Eric Garner's daughter dies at 27

Friends and activists are visiting the NY hospital where Black Lives Matter icon Eric Garner's eldest daughter is in grave condition after a heart attack. "Physically she is still with us". "She fought the good fight".

"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".

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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

The person running her popular Twitter account told Garner's 35,000 followers Wednesday that a CAT scan revealed that she had suffered brain damage "from lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest". The video of the encounter traveled around the world as Garner's last words - "I can't breathe" - became a rallying cry for advocates of policing reform, as stories and videos about the deaths of black men killed by the police continue to draw wide outrage.

Garner, 27, had been hospitalized following a heart attack on December 24.

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Eric Garner died after a police officer subdued him with a chokehold in 2014.

Palanteo was charged with causing Garner's death, but a grand jury declined to indict him. In a 2015 op-ed in the Guardian, she warned that "conflicts can destroy movements" and anxious about those seeking fame and media attention instead of real change. A Justice Department civil rights investigation into the case is ongoing.

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The 27-year-old firebrand remained on life support Thursday morning, her mother Esaw Snipes said. "She left on her own terms".

Chokeholds are prohibited by the NYPD, and a ruling by the New York City medical examiner found Eric Garner died due to "compression of neck (choke hold)".

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Family members were being called early Thursday to Woodhull Hospital to say final goodbyes to Erica Garner, who became an outspoken critic of police brutality after her father's death in 2014.

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