Erica Garner, a prominent activist against police brutality, whose father’s death at the hands of US officers spurred mass protests, has died after suffering a heart attack.
The 27-year-old passed away on Saturday morning after being hospitalised last week, a member of her team posted on her official Twitter account.
“She passed away this morning. The reports are real. We didn’t deserve her,” the team member wrote on Saturday.
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
Following her hospitalisation on December 24, Garner went into a coma.
Three days later, on December 27, a member of her team said she had suffered “major brain damage from a lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest”.
Erica’s father, Eric, a 43-year-old black American, died in July 2014 after a New York City police officer held him in a chokehold.
His last words, as he was being pinned to the ground, were, “I can’t breathe.”
Viewed millions of times, the video of his death helped spur massive protests against police brutality and anti-black racism in the US.
An activist and writer, Erica had become an outspoken voice in the fight against police brutality.
Thousands of people sent her well-wishes over the past week, including US politicians, artists, civil rights activists and others.
After news of Garner’s death broke, many took to social media to pay tribute to her.
On Twitter, reverend and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson said he sent “prayers and condolences to the family of warrior of justice, #EricaGarner”.
Shaun King, a prominent US journalist and activist, said on Saturday that “we’re less because of this loss”.
My rock, my friend, you served us well.. I can’t believe it.. a woman with such a beautiful spirit.. Thank you for confiding in me w/ your ideas, your personal life, your goals. I loved every moment, & every long phone call. Thank you for being.. you. I love you @es_snipes 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/EXUTvQgfR2
— Ja'Mal Green (@JaymalGreen) December 30, 2017
— deray (@deray) December 30, 2017
This is tragic. State violence NEVER just stops at the initial interaction. It spreads into families, friends, and communities, #EricaGarner should still be with us and I’ll always blame the NYPD for killing her father and now her. Rest In Peace and power, sis. https://t.co/fa3negzTM0
— Preston “Just An Adjunct Professor of Law” Mitchum (@PrestonMitchum) December 30, 2017
RIP Erica Garner, my friend. I will never forget those long conversations we would had in my office about your dreams to help young people. You will missed by all of us.
Your memory will always live in our hearts and our movement for justice. pic.twitter.com/PVBnRjYOUR
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) December 30, 2017
Rest in Power, #EricaGarner.
— Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) December 30, 2017