Former White House Press Secretary James Brady has died, according to a statement from his family.

Brady was press secretary to Ronald Reagan and was severely wounded in a 1981 assassination attempt on the president.

Brady was one of four people injured when Hinckley opened fire on Reagan as he left a hotel. 

He was shot in the head and initially pronounced dead at the scene. But he survived. 

Following the shooting, Brady was left partially paralyzed and in w wheelchair. 

Brady went on to become a leading champion of gun control.

His hard work paid off when in 1993 the landmark Brady Handgun Violence Act, or Brady Bill, was signed. The law requires background checks on gun purchases. 

A statement from his family says he passed away "after a series of health issues."  He was 73.