Sarah Brady, RIP.

Sarah Brady, widow of wounded Reagan press secretary, dies

Published: Friday, April 3, 2015, 6:28 PM

Sarah Brady, the widow of Reagan White House Press Secretary James Brady, died Friday of pneumonia, according to her family. She was 73.

Brady was a prominent gun control advocate after her husband was shot during an assassination attempt on then-President Reagan in 1981.

“Sarah courageously stepped up after Jim was shot to prevent others from enduring what our family has gone through, and her work has saved countless lives,” the family’s statement read.

James Brady died last August at age 73 of complication from his wounds. His death was ruled a homicide by the Virginia medical examiner’s office.

Both Sarah and James Brady were known as tireless advocates for gun control laws and the pair fought for years for passage of legislation that in 1993 ushered in background checks for handguns bought from licensed dealers.

The bill was known as the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention act.

Sarah Brady joined the lobbying group, the National Council to Control Handguns in the 1980s. The group was renamed the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in 2001.

“Our nation has lost a great hero, and I have lost a dear friend,” Brady Campaign President Dan Gross said in a statement. “I am certain that she would want nothing more than to know we are carrying on her and Jim’s legacy with the same fiery compassion and dedication that made her so remarkable.”