Former White House press secretary and outspoken gun control advocate James Brady has died at the age of 73, his family said in a statement Monday.
The family cited "a series of health issues" for the long-time political spokesman and figure who was paralyzed during a shooting 33 years ago.
"Over the years, Jim inspired so many people as he turned adversity into accomplishment," the family said in the statement, referencing the attack.
That attack was the 1981 assassination attempt on his boss, President Ronald Reagan. Brady went on to lead a gun control campaign that bears his name.
The federal law that requires background checks be conducted on handgun buyers, The Brady Bill, passed in the ensuing years, to James' great pride.
"Few Americans in history as directly responsible for saving as many lives as Jim," said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.