Reagan's Press Sec James Brady Dead at 73

Took bullet in assassination attempt, became leading voice for gun control

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 4, 2014 1:09 PM CDT

(Newser) – James Brady, the White House press secretary shot in the1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan who went on to become a leading voice in the fight for gun control, has died at the age of 73, reports NBC. "We are enormously proud of Jim's remarkable accomplishments," said his family in a statement. Brady was confined to a wheelchair after he was shot; the 1993 Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House all bear his name.

Continues the family statement: "Jim Brady's zest for life was apparent to all who knew him, and despite his injuries and the pain he endured every day, he used his humor, wit, and charm to bring smiles to others and make the world a better place." A cause of death was not disclosed.

In this March 30, 1981 file photo shows President Ronald Reagan just before being shot outside the Washington Hilton.
In this March 30, 1981 file photo shows President Ronald Reagan just before being shot outside the Washington Hilton.   (AP Photo/U.S. White House, File)
In this March 30, 1981 file photo, James Brady, face down at right, and police officer Thomas Delahanty lie on the ground after being wounded in the assassination attempt on President Reagan.
In this March 30, 1981 file photo, James Brady, face down at right, and police officer Thomas Delahanty lie on the ground after being wounded in the assassination attempt on President Reagan.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
James Brady, former press secretary for President Reagan, and wife Sarah, visit the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, Tuesday, June 16, 2009.
James Brady, former press secretary for President Reagan, and wife Sarah, visit the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, Tuesday, June 16, 2009.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
James Brady wears a bracelet in support of Gabrielle Giffords at the White House on the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on Reagan, Wednesday, March 30, 2011.
James Brady wears a bracelet in support of Gabrielle Giffords at the White House on the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on Reagan, Wednesday, March 30, 2011.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Former White House press secretary James Brady, who was left paralyzed in the Reagan assassination attempt, looks at wife Sarah Brady, March 30, 2011.
Former White House press secretary James Brady, who was left paralyzed in the Reagan assassination attempt, looks at wife Sarah Brady, March 30, 2011.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
In this March 30, 1981 file photo, James Brady lies wounded after being shot in an assassination attempt on President Reagan, Monday, March 30, 1981.
In this March 30, 1981 file photo, James Brady lies wounded after being shot in an assassination attempt on President Reagan, Monday, March 30, 1981.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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