Activist Erica Garner, daughter of police chokehold victim, dies following heart attack

Erica Garner mother of two

Erica, his oldest daughter, came to play a major part in that movement, staging frequent "die ins" at the spot in Staten Island where her father died, making many media appearances, and often marching against police brutality.

Three days later, Garner's official Twitter account issued an update stating doctors found that Erica experienced severe brain damage due to an oxygen deficiency while she was in cardiac arrest, followed by continued prayer requests.

Eric Garner became a symbol for victims of police brutality in 2014, inspiring the widespread "I Can't Breathe" slogan, which was spurred by Garner's final words as NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo choked him, a move prohibited by NYPD guidelines.

The NYPD tried to arrest Eric Garner, 43, for allegedly peddling loose cigarettes.

Garner's death helped spark the "Black Lives Matter" movement.

"They stayed with her to the end - she was a warrior to the end", Sharpton, the president of the National Action Network and an MSNBC contributor, told reporters. "Please continue to pray hard for Erica and pray for her family and kids just as much".

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Ms Snipes said Ms Garner had a heart attack after an asthma episode and was placed in a medically induced coma.

An autopsy by the city's medical examiner ruled Eric Garner's death a homicide.

Garner's wife eventually settled with the city for approximately $1M and made a decision to remain in the same public housing she had been living in before his killing. Mr Garner also had asthma, and was filmed telling officers multiple times: "I can't breathe".

Mayor Bill de Blasio called Garner's death a "horrible tragedy". A grand jury in December 2014 decided not to press charges against Pantaleo.

In addition to her children and mother, she is also survived by two sisters, two brothers and her grandmother, Snipes said. In a series of tweets after the meeting, Erica Garner again stressed that she wanted to see progress on the investigation.

She gave birth to a son-Eric, named after her father-in August and also leaves behind an 8-year-old daughter.

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