Cam­paigner Erica Gar­ner dies aged 27

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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.

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