Campaigner Erica Garner dies aged 27
5 The Black Lives Matter activist Erica Garner has died, after a week in hospital following a heart attack. She was 27. Garner was the daughter of Eric Garner, a man who died in a police chokehold in New York in 2014.
Among tributes, Senator Bernie Sanders said that, although Garner “didn’t ask to be an activist, she responded to the personal tragedy of seeing her father die … by becoming a leading proponent for criminal justice reform and for an end to police brutality”.
Announcing Garner’s death in New York, the Rev Al Sharpton said she was “a warrior to the end”. He said: “Her heart was broken when she didn’t get justice … the [heart] attack just dealt with the pieces that were left.”
Four months ago Garner gave birth to a son who was named after her father. She also had an eight-year-old daughter. In a recent interview with the webshow Like it or Not, she talked about the difficulties of life as a parent and an activist. “I’m struggling right now from the stress of everything,” she said, “because the system, it beats you down.”
Her mother, Esaw Snipes, told the New York Times that her daughter learned during her recent pregnancy that she had heart problems. “She was a warrior. She fought the good fight,” Snipes said.