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Daughter of Eric Garner, Man Who Died After Police Chokehold, Hospitalized

"Please pray for Erica right now," her official Twitter account said

The oldest daughter of a New York City man killed by a police chokehold has been hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a heart attack.

Family members told the Daily News that 27-year-old Erica Garner went into cardiac arrest Saturday night. Garner's official Twitter account posted Christmas Eve saying, "she is in a coma" and asked followers to "please pray for Erica right now."

The woman's father, Eric Garner, died after a white police officer put Garner, who is black, in a chokehold while arresting him on Staten Island in 2014. Erica Garner became a vocal advocate against police brutality.

Her mother, Esaw Snipes-Garner, says her daughter's cardiac arrest was triggered by an asthma attack.

Snipes-Garner says her daughter suffered her first heart attack not long after giving birth to a baby boy in August. Doctors said the pregnancy had put a strain on her heart, which was later found to be enlarged.

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