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
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)
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(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. (Read more James Brady stories.)

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