Reagan Press Secretary James Brady Dies

    James Brady (C), former White House Press Secretary under Ronald Reagan, greets people as he arrives for a news conference to urge members of Congress for progress on gun control legislation, specifically passage of a ban on large-capacity ammunition clips, in Washington, March 30, 2011. Wednesday marked the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on Reagan, during which Brady was seriously injured by a shot to the head. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR2KM6P

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    James Brady, who served as President Ronald Reagan's press secretary and was nearly killed in the attempt on Reagan's life in 1981, died Monday at the age of 73. Following a wound to the head from John Hinkley's gun, Brady spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Later, he lent his efforts to pushing gun control, culminating in 1993's  Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act. Brady's name also graces the White House Briefing Room. "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," his family said in a statement. 

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