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Sister of Eric Garner, Erika, dies after heart attack

31 December 2017

Garner was hospitalized in critical condition earlier this month after suffering a heart attack.

Erica Garner, who became a civil rights activist against police brutality after the death of her father in 2014, has died aged 27.

She died at Woodhull Hospital of natural causes, according to the Reverend Al Sharpton, as reported by the New York Post.

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Garner has been in a coma since Saturday after an asthma attack triggered the massive heart attack.

Garner's official Twitter account, run by her family and friends since she became ill, asked that she be remembered as a mother, daughter, sister and aunt with a heart "bigger than the world". She cared when most people wouldn't have. The Staten Island native's death was captured on video, as New York Police Officer, Daniel Pantaleo, tackled the 43 year-old from behind on the ground and put him in a choke-hold. She was good. She only pursued right, no matter what. "We didn't deserve her", read messages from Garner's Twitter, now operated by a family member. The mother of two had remained on life support Thursday morning. Though Garner's death was ruled a homicide, the grand jury did not indict Pantaleo and the city of NY settled with Garner's estate for $5.9 million.

Following her father's death, Garner led marches in NY and elsewhere, drawing attention to the plight of African-Americans who've been victims of police brutality.

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His last words were "I can't breathe", a statement that was used during marches and protests from angry civilians who demanded justice. "What do you want from marching?' He was my father", Garner told NBC News in 2015.

Ms Garner became a prominent member of the Black Lives Matter movement following her father's death.

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Sister of Eric Garner, Erika, dies after heart attack