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Former Press Secretary James Brady dies: Gun control advocate dies at 73

Former Press Secretary James Brady died Monday at the age of 73
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Former Press Secretary James Brady died Monday at the age of 73. Brady had served under President Ronald Reagan, and he was seriously injured in the 1981 assassination attempt against the president. ABC News shared the details on Monday.

Brady was shot in the head during the assassination attempt by John Hinckley, Jr. in 1981, and the former press secretary spent the rest of his years in a wheelchair. Brady went on to become a fierce advocate for gun control, and The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence was created in his honor. His efforts led to a federal law that requires that handgun buyers pass background checks.

The family said, “We are heartbroken to share the news that our beloved Jim 'Bear' Brady has passed away after a series of health issues.” He was known for his “zest for life,” and despite the long-term challenges his injuries presented, he apparently never lost his charm, wit or sense of humor. The family did not detail the health issues that had been causing problems of late, and his passing came as a surprise to many of his supporters.

Former Press Secretary James Brady dies leaving a trail of supports behind, people from both sides of the political aisle who respected his work and his efforts after his injuires. Brady leaves behind his wife, Sarah, their son, James Scott Brady, Jr., and his daughter Melissa from a previous marriage. There is no doubt that the family will continue their advocacy regarding gun control, and Brady has certainly left a mark with the work he has done.