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Tragedy has hit for Erica Garner’s family again. The beloved 27-year-old activist daughter of Eric Garner has been declared brain dead after having suffered a recent heart attack Saturday night, the New York Daily News reported Thursday morning.

“She’s not gone, she’s brain dead,” Garner’s heartbroken mother Esaw Snipes explained. “Physically she is still with us.”

Doctors had called family members to Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, New York early Thursday to say their final goodbyes to Garner, a courageous mother and critic of police violence in recent years after her father’s 2014 chokehold death at the hands of New York City police officers. Garner went into cardiac arrest before being placed in a medically induced coma. The heart attack caused her to suffer major brain damage, according to the activist’s Twitter account that was being updated by an associate. She remained on life support Thursday morning, her mother said.

Loved ones had sent up prayers and well wishes for Garner, who appeared in a campaign commercial for Sen. Bernie Sanders during his run for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, ABC News reported. Sanders praised Garner for her passion and activism on Twitter recently.

Garner’s family was grateful for all the love. “The Garner/Snipes family wants to thank you all for your prayers and support,” a tweet from Garner’s official Twitter account read Monday. “Thank you all for your continued support for Erica,” another tweet read.

The family recently had to deal with a false tweet from Jumanne Williams, a New York City council member who claimed early Thursday morning that Garner had died, according to the New York Daily News. “As we sent prayers up…so sorry to hear the news. RIP @es_snipes. That family still needs us #Garner,” Williams said in a tweet that has since been deleted.

An immediate reply was issued by Garner’s official Twitter account that condemned Wiliams’ message as false. The account’s operator also said that Williams didn’t obtain any information or confirmation of Garner’s death from them. As of Thursday morning, the family was left reeling from the sad and devastating news about Garner.


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(Source: ABC News New York Daily News )

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16 thoughts on “Erica Garner Is ‘Brain Dead’ Days After Massive Heart Attack

  1. Lamar1966 on said:

    Sorry to hear about Ms. Garner’s condition, but I did find it odd that someone mentioned monetary donations when her father’s estate collected millions from the city of New York from the lawsuit. Surely her family have funds to bury her if needed.

  2. leadjustone on said:

    Very sorry to hear about Erica Garner. Peace to her family. Peace to you too specialt757. Please tell your doctor about this episode. We want you commenting here for a very long time!

  3. OMG–So sad!!!!
    Obviously, Erica stressed out over the UGLY MURDER of her father, Eric Garner.

    My heart goes out to her remaining family members.
    May her and her Dad rest in Peace.

      • specialt757 on said:

        So very possible D. Yesterday, the weirdest thing happened to me while I was driving home from work. My left arm took on a life all its own, I lost complete control of it. It went numb and It started doing this weird movement and then my fingers on my left went completely numb.
        Immediately, I thought omg am I having a stroke? But I still had a clear mind, my speech wasn’t slurred and the rest of my left side was okay, no issues. This took no more than 15 seconds total, but it freaked me out. What I think happened was, for two days I didn’t take my bp meds, I had only been taking them less than 30 days, but my body was acclimated to them and not taking them for two days affected me in this way. At least I hope this was it, we’ll see. If you don’t hear from me again, well…it was nice knowing you lol.

      • Suddenly stopping blood pressure meds so dangerous, that even if you become healthy enough to come off them, you have to be carefully weaned off by your doctor. Please be careful and I hope you’re ok.

      • [spec} that very well could be early signs of heart problems (arterial obstruction of the heart)
        You may want to think about a heart scan….. and take your damn medicine

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