NPR.com: Erica Garner, a 27-year-old activist whose father's dying words became a rallying cry for protest against police brutality, has been hospitalized in serious condition after a heart attack, according to multiple reports. Since then, she was placed in a medically-induced coma at Woodhull Hospital where she was placed in ICU and on life support.
Earlier this month, in an interview on the webshow Like it or Not, she talked about the physical toll that organizing and activism can take. "It's just sad to see her laying there and not the active Erica that we know". According to family members, Garner had a heart attack on Christmas Eve that was initially triggered by an asthma attack.
The Twitter account hit back at a condolence message from Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams after he prematurely said on Thursday that Garner had died.
"As we sent prayers up.so sorry to hear the news". RIP @es_snipes. That family still needs us #Garner, ' Williams wrote in a tweet he has since deleted.
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Garner was strangled to death after being stopped for selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island. "Doctors said Erica Garner's pregnancy had put a strain on her heart, which was later found to be enlarged", the outlet writes.
The father-of-six's death sparked widespread protests. The chokehold Eric was put in by officer Daniel Pantaleo lasted anywhere from 15 to 19 seconds. The New York Daily News first reported the news in July 2015, in an article titled, "EXCLUSIVE: DNA test shows 1-year-old girl is daughter of police chokehold victim Eric Garner". Garner repeatedly told the officers "I can't breathe" before he lost consciousness.
The city medical examiner ruled Garner's death a homicide, with asthma and obesity as contributing factors.