Black Lives Matter icon Eric Garner’s daughter dies at 27

Snipes said Garner had a heart attack after an asthma episode and was placed in a medically induced coma.

Erica Garner
FILE- In this April 27, 2015 file photo, Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner, poses for a photo as she attends the funeral for Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Garner, daughter of Black Lives Matter icon Eric Garner died in New York on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, after a weeklong hospital stay following a heart attack. (AP Photo/Amanda Meyers, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The daughter of Black Lives Matter icon Eric Garner died Saturday after a week long hospital stay following a heart attack.

“She was a warrior to the end. She stood up for justice for her father,” the Rev. Al Sharpton said in announcing the death of Garner, 27, at a New York hospital.

Garner’s official Twitter account, run by her family and friends since she became ill, asked that she be remembered as a mother, daughter, sister and aunt with a heart “bigger than the world.”

Garner’s last words, “I can’t breathe,” became a slogan for activists.

Erica Garner became a voice for police accountability after his death, criticizing Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio over policing matters. In 2016, she campaigned on behalf of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent, for president.

Garner’s mother, Esaw Snipes, told The New York Times previously that Garner, who gave birth four months ago, had learned during the pregnancy that she had heart problems.

Snipes said Garner had a heart attack after an asthma episode and was placed in a medically induced coma.