Erica Garner, who became a well-known activist after her father, Eric Garner, died in police custody, has died at the age of 27.
Garner reportedly suffered “major brain damage” from a heart attack she had last week and died at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday morning after being in a coma since Dec. 23.
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
“She was a warrior, she was a fighter and we didn’t pull the plug on her,” said Esaw Snipes, Garner’s mother. “She left on her own terms.”
Garner became an activist and spoke out against police brutality after her father’s death was caught on cell phone video in 2014.
Eric Garner screamed “I can’t breathe” 11 times while being put in a chokehold by an NYPD officer in Staten Island after police tried to arrest him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes.
His death, which was ruled a homicide, helped to inspire the Black Lives Matter movement.
When Erica Garner gave birth to a son in August, she named him after her father. She suffered a heart attack shortly after the delivery.
Doctors said the delivery put stress on her already enlarged heart.
“Erica the world loves you. I love you. I am glad you came into our lives,” the family said in a post on Garner’s Twitter account. “May you find the peace in the next life that you deserved while you were here.”