WASHINGTON (KRON) — Former White House press secretary James Brady has died at age 73, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says.
Brady suffered a severe head wound in a 1981 assassination attempt on the President Ronald Reagan. He was one of four people shot by gunman John Hinckley, Jr. The wound left him with partial paralysis that required the full-time use of a wheelchair.
The shooting prompted The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which requires federal background checks on those who buy guns from licensed dealers. The act was endorsed by President Reagan and signed into law by President Clinton.
The White House confirmed Brady’s death and praised his legacy.
“He is somebody who I think really revolutionized this job and even after he was wounded in that attack on the president, was somebody who showed his patriotism and commitment to the country by being very outspoken on an issue that was important to him and that he felt very strongly about,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.
The Brady Campaign acknowledged his death in a tweet: “We are heartbroken over James Brady’s passing. We offer our deepest condolences to his wife, Sarah, and their family.”
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