Daughter of Eric Garner dies following heart attack

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Erica Garner dies at age 27.
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The daughter of Eric Garner has died at age 27.

NEW YORK -- Erica Garner, who became an outspoken critic of police brutality following her father's death on Staten Island in 2014, has died at age 27, sources at the National Action Network tell Eyewitness News

Erica had suffered major brain damage from a massive heart attack on Christmas Eve.

Her mother, Esaw Snipes-Garner, said her daughter went into cardiac arrest during an asthma attack and had since been in a coma.

Snipes-Garner says her daughter suffered her first heart attack not long after giving birth to a baby boy in August. Doctors said the pregnancy had put a strain on her heart, which was later found to be enlarged.

Eric Garner died after a police officer subdued him with a chokehold in 2014. His last words were "I can't breathe," which became a slogan for activists.

Erica appeared in campaign commercials for Senator Bernie Sanders during his 2016 presidential run.