It’s with an extremely heavy heart that I report Erica Garner passed away Saturday morning after suffering a massive heart attack a week ago.
She was 27.
Via NY Daily News:
Garner became an outspoken critic of police brutality after her father’s death in 2013.
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.
When her son was born in August, she named him after her father.
Garner suffered her first heart attack shortly after the delivery, with doctors saying the pregnancy stressed her already enlarged heart.
Garner has been in a coma since Dec. 23, when an asthma attack triggered a second heart attack. The person running her popular Twitter account told Garner’s 35,000 followers Wednesday that a CT scan revealed that she had suffered brain damage “from lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest.”
“We are just praying for a miracle,” Rev. Al Sharpton, who visited Garner this week, told The News Thursday. “(Erica) was a warrior. She was a real activist, she was always involved. From three years ago, she never stopped. She was always at rallies, she was always calling me, ‘Reverend, we’ll do this. Reverend, we’ll do that. We’ll do it your way, then I’m gonna do it different than you.’
“It’s just sad to see her laying there and not the active Erica that we know,” Sharpton said.
My prayers and sincerest condolences to the Garner family.