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James Brady Visits White House On Anniversary Of Reagan Assassination Attempt

James Brady, the former White House press secretary who was badly wounded in the assassination attempt against President Ronald Reagan and later became an advocate for gun control, has died. He was 73.

His family announced Brady’s death in a statement released Monday afternoon, saying he “passed away after a series of health issues.”

“Jim touched the lives of so many and has been a wonderful husband, father, friend and role model,” his family said. “We are enormously proud of Jim’s remarkable accomplishments — before he was shot on the fateful day in 1981 while serving at the side of President Ronald Reagan and in the days, months and years that followed

Brady was left permanently disabled after being shot in the head on March 30, 1981, by John Hinckley, Jr., outside the Washington Hilton Hotel.

He afterward undertook a personal crusade for gun control, and lobbied for stricter handgun and assault-weapon laws.  A federal law requiring a background check on handgun buyers bears Brady’s name, and The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is named in his honor.

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