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Black Lives Matter activist Erica Garner dies at 27

Black Lives Matter activist Erica Garner dies at 27

Erica Garner suffered a heart attack and had been hospitalized since the day before Christmas Eve.

Friends and activists are visiting the NY hospital where Black Lives Matter icon Eric Garner's eldest daughter is in grave condition after a heart attack. The city of NY settled with Eric Garner's bequest for $5.9 million in July 2015.

Erica Garner became a victim's advocate after her father, 43, died when he was placed in a chokehold by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in 2014 over the alleged sale of untaxed cigarettes on Staten Island.

Her father's final words, "I can't breathe", were captured on cellphone video and became a rallying cry for protesters against police brutality.

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

Garner endorsed Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for president, and she campaigned for the senator from Vermont.

Erica Garner, 27, had been fighting for her life since she suffered a massive heart attack a week ago.

"I feel like a representative for people throughout this whole nation because I'm doing this".

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"In the event that anything she would need us to do in memory of her is continue battling for equity and continue battling for families", he said.

Various Black Lives Matter activists and conspicuous legislators have lauded her life and battle about the previous couple of days.

Palanteo was charged with causing Garner's death, but a grand jury declined to indict him. "When you report this you remember she was human: mother, daughter, sister, aunt".

On Twitter, reverend and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson said he sent "prayers and condolences to the family of warrior of justice, #EricaGarner". He added that her family did not remove her from life support. "We're less because of this loss". All this for being Black in America. "Her heart was assaulted by a framework that would gag her father and not consider responsible those that did it".

Rev. Al Sharpton made a similar point in lauding Erica Garner as a "warrior to the end" in her fight for justice on Saturday morning at a meeting with the National Action Network.

"The media will say she died of a heart attack but that's only partially true because her heart was already broken when she couldn't get justice for her father", Sharpton said Saturday.

She had been in a coma since 23 December after suffering a heart attack triggered by an asthma attack.

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