Eric Garner's daughter in medically induced coma after heart attack

The 27-year-old daughter of Eric Garner, who died after a police officer put him in a chokehold, is reportedly in a medically induced coma following a heart attack.

Erica Garner was hospitalized Saturday night, according to The New York Times, which spoke with her mother, Esaw Snipes.

Snipes told the Times that her daughter gave birth earlier this year and learned at the time that she had heart problems. She said that the heart attack she suffered on Saturday was caused by an asthma episode.


A tweet posted on Garner’s verified account Monday morning said that the family is grateful for the “prayers and support.”

Erica Garner is a civil rights activist who became a prominent voice of the Black Lives Matter movement after her father died at the hands of police in 2014 at the age of 43.

Eric Garner was choked by a police officer as he was being arrested for allegedly selling cigarettes illegally. Video of the chokehold went viral, and his final words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry for activists in subsequent years.

The officer was not indicted on criminal charges, and New York City settled with the Garner family for $5.9 million in 2015.

Erica Garner also appeared in a campaign ad for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders 'outraged' after MLB threatens to cut ties with minor league teams Booker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications Democrats threaten to skip next debate over labor dispute MORE (I-Vt.) during the 2016 election.