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.