Mom: Black Lives Matter icon Eric Garner's daughter in coma

Erica Garner has turned personal tragedy into a platform for activism

The oldest daughter of a New York City man killed by a police chokehold has died at the age of 27, a spokesperson for her Twitter account confirmed Saturday morning.

The Rev. Al Sharpton was among well-wishers who visited the 27-year-old Garner on Thursday.

Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner who became an outspoken activist against police brutality after her father's death at the hands of a NY police officer, died Saturday, according to her mother. Eric Garner had argued with officers upon being approached for suspicion of selling loose cigarettes.

"We didn't deserve her", her official Twitter account reported.

"It's just sad to see her laying there and not the active Erica that we know", Sharpton said.

Garner became a civil rights activist after video of her father's chokehold death at the hands of a NY police officer went viral and his final words "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry for police reform activists.

Public reaction to Garner's death contributed to mounting national outrage against police brutality and helped foment the Black Lives Matter movement. But she became outspoken, organizing a "die-in" on the same corner where her father was placed in the chokehold, and accusing Mayor Bill de Blasio of not caring about African-Americans.

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In a video taken by Ramsey Orta, a bystander, Garner could be heard repeatedly telling officers, "I can't breathe".

The headstrong activist gave birth to a healthy baby boy in August, but her first cardiac arrest episode followed the pregnancy due to unforeseen complications.

A medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.

A grand jury declined to indict the officer; the city agreed to pay a $US6 million ($7.6 million) civil settlement.

De Blasio later offered his condolences to Garner's family, and called her death "a awful tragedy".

With former president Obama, Garner criticized his reactions to her father's death and the slow pace of the DOJ investigation. Garner said the words 11 times before dying from the 15-19-second chokehold.

"Even with my own heartbreak, when I demand justice, it's never just for Eric Garner", she wrote in The Washington Post in 2016.

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