Sarah Brady, Wife of Former Reagan Press Secretary, Dies at 73

Sarah Brady, the wife of former White House Press Secretary James Brady and tireless advocate for gun control, has died at the age of 73, her family announced in a statement Friday.

“We are deeply saddened that our beloved Sarah passed away today after battling pneumonia. Her son, Scott, daughter-in-law Andree, stepdaughter, Missy, and brother, Bill, have been by her side in her final days,” the statement said.

“We are enormously proud of Sarah’s remarkable accomplishments and the impact she had on so many people — whether as an elementary school teacher, advocate for a safer America, devoted mother, friend, wife and caregiver. Sarah fought the good fight her whole life. “

Brady became a political force on Capitol Hill after her husband was shot in the head by John Hinckley Jr. during the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.