Sarah Brady, the widow of former White House press secretary James Brady and a fierce advocate of gun control, died Friday of pneumonia, according to a statement on the Brady Campaign website. She was 73.
Brady’s husband was shot in the head during the attempted assassination of President Reagan in 1981. The shot left James Brady partially paralyzed and his speech and memory impaired, and led the couple to push for the passage of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act in 1993. James Brady died in August of 2014 at the age of 73.
“All of us at the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence are heartbroken over the passing of Sarah Brady,” read a statement on the Brady Campaign website. “Together with her husband Jim ‘Bear’ Brady, Sarah was the heart and soul of this organization and the successful movement it has become today. In the history of our nation, there are few people, if any, who are directly responsible for saving as many lives as Sarah and Jim.”
The Brady Campaign said she is survived by her son Scott and stepdaughter Melissa.