Erica Garner, a rising civil rights activist, died in New York City on Saturday, one week after suffering a heart attack, according to local reports.
The 27-year-old daughter of Eric Garner, the black man who died in 2014 after being put in a chokehold by New York City police, had been in a coma since last weekend and had reportedly suffered brain damage due to lack of oxygen.
A brief tweet from Erica Garner's Twitter account confirmed the reports.
She passed away this morning. The reports are real. We didn't deserve her.— officialERICA GARNER (@es_snipes) December 30, 2017
Her father, whose death was caught on camera, became a symbol for the movement to protest police brutality against minorities as his final words, "I can't breathe," became a rallying cry.
Eric Garner's death was ruled a homicide, but a grand jury declined to indict the officer who had been restraining him on criminal charges. The city of New York settled with Eric Garner's estate for $5.9 million in July 2015.
After her father's death, Erica Garner became a leading voice for the Black Lives Matter movement.